Lady Chatterley’s Lover

D. H. Lawrence

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a novel by English writer D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1928. The book was the subject of an obscenity trial in the 1960's when Penguin Books were taken to court over it's publication - a case which they won and which led to the book finally being released to the British public. Prior to this, it had only been published in France and Italy. It was considered obscene due to it's explicit descriptions of sex, and liberal use of swear words - it was also notorious for it's depiction of a love affair between an upper-class woman and a working-class man. It is the story of Constance Reid (Lady Chatterley), her husband Sir Clifford Chatterley, and her lover, the gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. Married to Sir Clifford, Constance finds herself feeling trapped. Her husband is paralysed from the waist down, and his limitations lead him to emotionally neglect his wife. Luckily for her the young gamekeeper of the estate, Mellors, is there to help release this frustration.

During the obscenity trial, the prosecution were ridiculed for being out of touch. At the start of what was to become the swinging sixties, the chief prosecutor asked the jury to decide if Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the kind of book 'you would wish your wife or servants to read'.

This book has 117,221 words, 227 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1928.

Production notes: This ebook of Lady Chatterley’s Lover was published by Global Grey on the 17th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Before the Hunt' by Jurij Šubic.

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