Picture of D. H. Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterley's Lover [also D.H. Lawrence, DH Lawrence]; poet, dramatist / playwright, novelist; twentieth century British Literature / English Literature
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Lady Chatterley, Philip Larkin
On this day in 1929 D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned in the United States. This was only one of a series of censures from the book's first publication the year before until the landmark obscenity trials in 1959 (U.S.) and 1960 (Britain), but for Lawrence personally it may have been the most devastating. For Philip Larkin, on the other hand, life began "Between the end of the Chatterley ban / And the Beatles' first LP. . . ."

 

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