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.
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