Frequently skewered by critics for his submissive heroines and bullying heroes, D.H. Lawrence is no longer censored but he is still on trial – and the jury is still out. On the centenary of the publication of Women in Love, Frances Wilson (Burning Man) traces his mercurial early career, delving into the memoirs of those who both loved and hated him most. Alison MacLeod’s novel Tenderness tells the story of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the society that put it on trial, reflecting on freedom, female desire and the transformative power of fiction. In conversation with Clare Clark, they explore Lawrence’s reputation, untangling the truth about one of the most complex and divisive modernist writers.
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