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D. H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1913

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Authorial Context: D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence, born David Herbert Lawrence on September 11, 1885, in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, was a prolific and controversial author. His upbringing in a mining town had a profound influence on his writing, which is evident in his novel Sons and Lovers. Lawrence’s early years were marked by the harsh realities of life in a coal-mining community. His father, Arthur Lawrence, worked as a coal miner, and his mother, Lydia Beardsall Lawrence, was a former schoolteacher. The Lawrence family struggled financially, facing the challenges of working-class life in a rapidly industrializing society. The mining town of Eastwood provided the backdrop for Lawrence’s formative years. The industrial landscape, with its smoking chimneys and rows of uniform, utilitarian houses, served as a stark contrast to the natural world that Lawrence would later celebrate in his works.

Lawrence’s childhood was marked by a complex relationship with his mother. Lydia harbored ambitions for her son and encouraged his education, recognizing his intellectual potential. However, this close and intense relationship also created a sense of emotional entanglement that would become a recurring theme in Lawrence’s writing. Despite the financial struggles and societal constraints, Lawrence’s parents recognized his talent and encouraged his education. He attended the local Beauvale Board School, where his love for literature and the arts began to blossom.