D.H. Lawrence is well-known for writing about sex but that isn’t the only thing he wrote about. Although when you ask people about Lawrence they usually say, “Ah yes, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a bit steamy that” and some of even describe Lawrence’s works as “a bit naughty” and say he’s the man who “wrote those rude books”. His work was called obscene, his novel The Rainbow was banned two months after being released in 1915 and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, published in 1928 was banned in England and America (Penguin Random House, 2017). However for many people in the East Midlands he is one of the finest writers’ the region has produced.
In many of his works Lawrence explores the complexity of relationships whether that’s between lovers or family relationships. His novels capture what life was like for many living in 20th century Nottinghamshire, when mining was the major source of income for many families. There were many other opportunities for the educated but for many of the poor mining was the only job prospect. In his novels Lawrence has explored the evils of alcohol and abuse. It’s his ability to talk about these issues has enabled his work to live on and especially explore the complexities of life is what has enraptured audiences until this day.
My own experience with Lawrence began in college when someone mentioned him to me. I’d heard about Lawrence before, how could I not have? This was the first time someone had directly asked me if I’d read anything by Lawrence, luckily for me someone had interrupted me. I ran straight to the library after class to find something by Lawrence to read. I could only find Women in Love, I borrowed it and since then I’ve read all of his books. His books are worth the read, there is so much more to them than just sex.
If you’re interested in reading books by D.H. Lawrence you should start off with The Rainbow.
If you want to know more about D.H. Lawrence: Brief Biography of D.H. Lawrence