Lady Chatterley's Lover
D. H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence's last novel is one of the major works of fiction of the twentieth century.
It was not until 1960 that Lady Chatterley's Lover could be openly published in the United Kingdom. Thus the first edition was printed in Florence, Italy in 1928 by Giuseppe Orioli. The book became notorious as it's story was based on a physical relationship between a man of the working class and a married aristocratic woman. The work included explicit descriptions of sex, and the use of unprintable words. (My how times have changed)
D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover would test moral grounds for censorship which still goes on to this day. Penguin Books in England in 1960 won a battle in which the courts ruled that as long as the publisher could show that a work was of literary merit, the use of vulgarity in language could be published. Penguin sold a total of 200,000 copies at 3s 6d each - on the first day of publication. Australia did not agree and also banned the book about that trial "The Trial of Lady Chatterley". And though both are readily available there, in early October 2009, the federal institution of Australia Post decided to withdraw the inappropriate title from sale in their stores, while another, www.shop.abc.net.au (Australian Broadcasting Commision), are still happy to take your order.
The tale explores the emotions of a lonely aristocratic woman whom considers herself trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for a robust gamekeeper at her husband's estate.
The book portrays the regenerative power of sexual love between man and woman - an affirmation of life and the possibility of happiness.
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