Lady Chatterley's Lover has been notorious since it was written. Banned for 30 years, it was published, unexpurgated, by Penguin Books in 1960. And immediately became the first novel charged under the newly written Obscene Publications Act. During the trial the prosecution seemed often to consider that it was Constance Chatterley's adultery that was on trial and not the book itself. Support was given to the literary qualities of the book by dozens of expert witnesses. It was acquitted in a blaze of publicity and memorable quotes from the trial will live as long as the book. "Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters-because girls can read as well as boys- reading this book? Is it a book you would have lying around in your own house? Is it a book you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?" Mr. Griffith-Jones, Prosecuting Counsel. "I've read a lot of pornographic and obscene boooks, and Lady Chatterley's Lover is not one of them" Mr. Norman St John-Stevas MP. "Lady Chatterley's Lover is full of sentences which are badly written. Lawrence had absolutely no sense of humour but I would still say this is a book of undoubted literary merit" Dame Rebecca West, Novelist. Hunt Emerson has reworked Lawrence's story, keeping all the plot and a lot of the dialogue, while adding the humour that was noticeably absent from the original. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The Cambridge edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover (and A Propos of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover') is the first ever to restore to Lawrence's most famous novel the words that he wrote. It removes typists' corruptions and compositors' errors, which have marred the text for over sixty years, and includes hundreds of new words, phrases and sentences - and thousands of changes in punctuation. This text projects the sound of Lawrence's voice, embodies the precision of his mature style and reveals the force of his rhetorical power. The introduction establishes an accurate history of composition, typing, printing, publication and reception; the notes freshly identify dozens of difficult allusions; and the appendix, an original essay, explains how Lawrence imaginatively weaves real places and people into the fictional tapestry that he creates. For students and scholars alike, the Cambridge text is the only text of the novel that can be read or quoted with confidence.
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This is a brilliant read. I've had this on my 'to read' list for years, and when I finally got around to reading it, I wasn't disappointed. The only let down is that although the detail and description are very in-depth, D.H Lawrence tends to get too easily side tracked. This was a bargain and I'd willingly pay alot more for a book of this calibre. Well worth it.
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