Introduction by Kathryn Harrison
Inspired by the long-standing affair between D. H. Lawrence's German wife and an Italian peasant, "Lady Chatterley's Lover" follows the intense passions of Constance Chatterley. Trapped in an unhappy marriage to an aristocratic mine owner whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent, Constance enters into a liaison with the gamekeeper Mellors. Frank Kermode called the book D. H. Lawrence's great achievement, Anais Nin described it as his best novel, and Archibald MacLeish hailed it as one of the most important works of fiction of the century. Along with an incisive Introduction by Kathryn Harrison, this Modern Library edition includes the transcript of the judge's decision in the famous 1959 obscenity trial that allowed "Lady Chatterley's Lover" to be published in the United States.
About the Author
David Ellis is the author of Lawrence's Non-Fiction: Art, Thought and Genre and Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time. He has been commissioned to write Volume HI of the New Cambridge biography of Lawrence.
Kathryn Harrison is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She is the author of the novels The Binding Chair, Thicker Than Water, Exposure, and Poison. She has also written a memoir, The Kiss. Her personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and other publications. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children.
"Nobody concerned with the novel in our century can afford not to read it." —Lawrence Durrell
From the Paperback edition.