1st Edition

Lady Chatterley The Making of the Novel

By Derek Britton Copyright 1988

    First published in 1988, Lady Chatterley explores the events and experiences which surrounded D. H. Lawrence’s writing of his infamous last novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The account begins with Lawrence’s return to Europe in September 1925 and ends with the publication in June 1928 of the final draft of a novel which exists in three related yet dissimilar versions. Derek Britton adds a great deal of new material to the established facts and theories concerning Lawrence’s life and work during this period. In the chapters covering Lawrence’s return to the Midlands in September 1926 when the collapse of the national miners’ strike in that area was imminent, a detailed reconstruction of Lawrence’s journeys and experiences reveals the extent to which the themes of the novel, the social and physical aspects of the landscape and Lawrence’s initial impulse to write depended crucially on the author’s last visit to his native region. This book will appeal both to those with special interests in Lawrence and the modern novel, and to the general reader.

    Acknowledgements Abbreviations Maps 1. 11 September 1925: Prospects and Retrospects 2. ‘The Old, Young Insoouciance’3. Jack Strangeways 4. ‘Chapter of Dismalnesses’ 5. The Villa Mirenda 6. ‘Something of an Odyssey’ 7. Return to Eastwood 8. Renishaw 9. The First Drafts of Lady Chatterley 10. ‘A Strange New Shadow’ 11. The Wart-Hog 12. Phoenix Notes Index


    Derek Britton