DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterley, this trial and writing fiction
Bloomsbury, $ 32.99
In the very mannered, class-divided, and tightly corseted England of the turn of the 20th century, DH Lawrence’s ambition to bring his culture back to the most instinctive truths of our nature has given a polemical air to just about everything. he wrote. In a sense, this reformist drive marred his work, but it also gave his best works an elemental power that was at the heart of his greatness.
Inevitably, the quest for a more honest approach to sex was a crucial part of Lawrence’s project, and with that in mind, Canadian writer Alison MacLeod’s new novel, Tenderness, revisits the compositional sources of Lawrence’s latest novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the fury the book sparked, and continued to stir, long after Lawrence died in France at the age of 44 in 1930.