Saturday, March 2, 2013

Novelist D.H. Lawrence died - 1930

On March 2, 1930, David Herbert Lawrence died in Vence, France. He was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, and instinct. His best known works are Sons and Lovers (1913), Women in Love (1920) and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928). Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile. At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. Lawrence is now valued by many as a visionary thinker and significant representative of modernism in English literature. After being discharged from a sanatorium, Lawrence died on March 2, 1930 at the Villa Robermond in Vence, France from complications of tuberculosis. His wife, Frieda Weekley commissioned an elaborate headstone for his grave bearing a mosaic of his adopted emblem of the phoenix. Years later Lawrence's ashes were reinterred at a small chapel on his Taos, New Mexico ranch.

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