D. H. Lawrence and Our Life Today:
Re-reading “Lady Chatterley's Lover”
ANYONE will defend D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover against censorship, but who will defend it as a novel? Who, for that matter, will attack it? No one. With the reissue (Grove Press, $6.00) of the original 1928 version at hand, everyone acknowledges a bit wearily that times have changed. The four-letter words and sexual scenes are no longer shocking; they have now become “natural” and “beautiful.” Recent novels display a greater abundance of such words and scenes. With one exception, modern conversation liberally employs those words and many more; and the lady who falls in love with her husband’s gamekeeper is a familiar figure. Also, everyone knows now -even judges and journalists-that D. H. Lawrence was a “serious” writer, that he himself disapproved of pornography, that he was no ghost for the Olympia Press.
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