D. H. Lawrence and the ‘Expensive Edition Business’



When D. H. Lawrence returned to Europe from America in the autumn of 1925, he was (he knew) coming to the end of what had been, up till then, his most successful and profitable time as a professional writer.1 He had been living by his writing since 1912, and we can divide this part of his literary career into four periods. The first period, up to the outbreak of the First World War, had been at first reasonably and then increasingly successful. Though he had never earned very large sums from this English publishers (and even less from America), he had lived cheaply (mostly abroad) and his published books (The Trespasser, Sons and Lovers, The Widozving of Mrs Holroyd, Love Poems and The Prussian Officer stories) had successfully earned him enough to live on. I must stress, by the way, that throughout this paper when I use the word ‘successful’ I do not mean successful in the way that, for example, Compton Mackenzie or Arnold Bennett were – authors whose writing could earn them well over £1000 a year


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  1. D. H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature (New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923), pp. 212–13.Google Scholar
  2. Edward Nehls, A Composite Biography of D. H. Lawrence (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1957–9), vol. ii, pp. 90–1.Google Scholar
  3. Jay A. Gertzman, A Descriptive Bibliography of Lady Chatterley’s Lover (New York: Greenwood Press, 1989).Google Scholar

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