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Tenderness

by Alison MacLeod

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Tenderness by Alison MacLeod
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    Nov 2021, 640 pages

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A massive and prismatic new book that fictionalizes the origins of Lady Chatterley's Lover, one of the world's most controversial novels.

Alison MacLeod's historical fiction book Tenderness considers what may have happened behind the scenes of British novelist D.H. Lawrence's life while he imagined and wrote his controversial 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.

For those unfamiliar with Lawrence's plot, young Lady Constance Chatterley is married to Lord Clifford Chatterley, but the union is compromised by Clifford's war injuries and the couple's inability to enjoy fulfilling sex or conceive an heir. Connie embarks on a passionate affair with Oliver Mellors, gamekeeper for the substantial Chatterley estate. Complications ensue, and the adulterous couple is perhaps one of the most enduring in literary history.

MacLeod opens the lens wide in her book to consider the 1959 and 1960 court challenges involving the novel (which was initially banned on charges of obscenity, see Beyond the Book). A panorama of settings ...

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