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Author - D H Lawrence
One of Lawrence's most famous works is The Rainbow.

Author - D H Lawrence

David Herbert Richards Lawrence was born in 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. From 1908 he worked as a teacher in Croydon. It was there that he began to write, his first novel being published in 1910. In 1912 he eloped to Germany with Frieda Weekley, the wife of his former tutor, Professor Ernest Weekley. At the outbreak of World War One the two returned to the UK and took up residence in Cornwall. It was here that Lawrence wrote Women in Love.

Lawrence was a prolific writer, not only of novels but also of poetry, short stories, plays and essays. He was also a painter. He drew a lot of his inspiration from his childhood in Nottinghamshire. Sadly, he suffered with his health for most of his life. In the 1920s it declined and Lawrence spent most of his final years abroad, rarely visiting the UK. He died in 1930 at the age of 44. He is probably best remembered for his controversial novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Test your knowledge of the life and works of D H Lawrence in this fun yet testing quiz!

1.
Lawrence was born in 1885 in which mining town in Nottinghamshire?
Eastgate
Eastwood
Westgate
Westwood
His former home in Victoria Street has been converted into a museum
2.
In Lady Chatterley's Lover, what is Lady Chatterley's first name?
Carol
Constance
Cora
Cynthia
The inspiration for Lady Chatterley was said to be Lady Ottoline Morrell, a friend of Lawrence's who lived at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire
3.
Lawrence's 1926 novel The Plumed Serpent is set in which country?
Egypt
India
Mexico
Peru
The book was to have been called Quetzalcoatl, after the Aztec god, but Lawrence's publisher insisted on The Plumed Serpent
4.
In 1901 Lawrence left school to work as a junior clerk in a factory making what?
Bicycles
Pit props
Railway sleepers
Surgical appliances
He worked at Haywards, manufacturers of surgical appliances, before he became a teacher
5.
What is the appropriate title of Lawrence's 1923 novel, a semi-biographical account of a visit to Australia?
Boomerang
Bush
Kangaroo
Koala
Kangaroo is the story of an English writer and his German wife's visit to Australia in the early 1920s. Coincidentally, Lawrence and his German wife Frieda visited Australia in 1922
6.
Which 1913 novel charts the life of the aspiring artist Paul Morel?
Aaron's Rod
The Boy in the Bush
Sons and Lovers
The Trespasser
The most biographical of Lawrence's works, based on his childhood and youth in Eastwood
7.
In 1907 Lawrence won a short story competition in which local newspaper?
Nottingham Echo
Nottingham Guardian
Nottingham Herald
Nottingham Post
This was the first time any of Lawrence's work was published
8.
Lawrence was diagnosed in 1925 with which disease, from which he died five years later?
Cancer
Cholera
Tuberculosis
Typhoid
He died in Vence, France at the age of 44
9.
In the 1969 film version of Women in Love, who wrestles naked with Oliver Reed?
Alan Bates
Tom Courtenay
Richard Harris
Patrick McGoohan
The film was directed by Ken Russell and also starred Glenda Jackson
10.
The Kiowa Ranch, where Lawrence once lived, has now been renamed the D H Lawrence Ranch. In which US state is it situated?
Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Lawrence lived at the ranch for two years during the 1920s

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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