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Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence; Mark Schorer (intro); Archibald MacLeish (preface) - Paperback - 1959 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000001169)

Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

by D. H. Lawrence; Mark Schorer (intro); Archibald MacLeish (preface)

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New York: Grove Press, 1959. Mass market paperback. FG5. First unexpurgated version published in America. Very Good-. Unmarked. Lightly tanned. Spine creased and curved. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 384 pages.

Lady Chatterly's Lover became notorious for its story of the physical and emotional relationship between a working class man and an upper class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable words. In 1959, Grove Press published an unexpurgated version of the book. The U.S. Post Office confiscated copies sent through the mail. Grove Press sued the Postmaster of New York City and won, and won again on federal appeal. This edition contains: the full and unexpurgated text of the third manuscript version, first published privately by Giusepp Orioli, in Florence in 1928; Archibald MacLeish's 1959 letter on the plan to publish the book; Mark Schorer's comprehensive and informative introduction; and extracts from the historic United States District Court decision that removed the Post Office ban on the book and established the standard of "redeeming social or literary value" as a defense against obscenity charges.


D.H. Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover holds the distinguished title of being one the most banned books in history. Infamous for its explicit descriptions of sex and other vulgarities, it was only published openly in the United Kingdom in 1960. The book focused on the illicit affair between an upper class woman and her lower class gamekeeper, and it was received with outrage and intrigue, resulting in numerous abridged versions being published throughout the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. Because the first edition was so quickly banned from public consumption, there are many abridged and censored versions available, though few as valuable as the original. First printings were bound with brown boards with an insignia of a phoenix gracing its front cover. The phoenix has remained a potent symbol for the book, in large part because of the book’s victory in the infamous British Obscenity Trial in 1960. D.H. Lawrence was a well-known English author who wrote many novels, short stories, and books of poetry. Not just an author, Lawrence was also a well-respected literary critic who wrote several essays regarding other famous writers, including Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman.


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Lady Chatterley's Lover
D. H. Lawrence; Mark Schorer (intro); Archibald MacLeish (preface)
Mass Market Paperback
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New York
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fiction, erotica, sex, adultery, gamekeepers, married women, England, banned books
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History; Fiction; Erotica; Britain;

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