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by Alison MacLeod

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The Tempestuous History of Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Lady Chatterley's Lover, unexpurgated Penguin edition During the 1920s, author D.H. Lawrence wrote several manuscript versions of his famous Lady Chatterley's Lover, as is reflected in Alison MacLeod's 2021 historical novel Tenderness. Lawrence's earlier novel The Rainbow had been banned for its exploration of human desire, including a lesbian affair, and his agent was hesitant to commercially publish Lady Chatterley's Lover due to its sexually explicit depictions of the extramarital relationship between the title character and gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. Lawrence took matters into his own hands, arranging for a private printing of a limited edition in Florence, Italy, through Giuseppe Orioli at the Tipografia Giuntina.

These 1,000 signed and numbered copies reflected the bookmaker's art of the time: letterpressed deckle-edged pages, bound in mulberry-colored boards covered by paper, with an elaborate phoenix motif embossed on the front cover. Today, rare copies of this 1928 limited edition are offered through antiquarian ...

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