Lot 132
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Signed autograph letter, signed « D.H. Lawrence », Kesselmatte, Gsteig b. Gstaad (Bern) 28 July 1928, to Allen W. Steele, for William Jackson Ltd., in London; 1 page in-4 format; in English. Letter relative to the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover printed in Florence and whose distribution was complicated by the scandalous nature of the book. Lawrence writes: “Will you please deliver to the bearer of this note [Enid HILTON] all the copies of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that were sent to you from Florence before you cancelled your order. There should be either seventy-two or seventy-four copies in all. Mr. Orioli says sixty-six copies by registered book mail, and one parcel-post package of eight copies- making seventy-four. But elsewhere he said seventy-two...” D.H. Lawrence achieved success with his first novel, “The White Peacock”, published in 1911, and two years later made his reputation with the semi-autobiographical “Sons and Lovers”. In 1915, he published “The Rainbow”, an exploration of marital and sexual relations, and was horrified to find himself prosecuted for obscenity. He left England in 1919, and after three years residence in Italy, produced “Women in Love”. He was once again shocked by his further prosecutions for obscenity over the private publication of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” in 1928. “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was not published in England in an unexpurgated form until after a sensational obscenity trial in 1961. As this letter illustrates, Lawrence was forced to personally recuperate copies of his book when publicity made the book a property too hot to handle.
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