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MS Eng 832

Lawrence, D.H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930. D. H. Lawrence letters to various correspondents, 1915-1929: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 832
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lawrence, D.H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930.
Title: D. H. Lawrence letters to various correspondents,
Date(s): 1915-1929 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to various persons from English author D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

50M-560. Gift of Harry K. Wells, 263 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; received: 1936.

Conditions Governing Access:

These photostats were sealed from 1936 to 1947, at which time they were opened and became part of the general collection of the Library, with no restriction on access.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

D. H. Lawrence Letters to Various Correspondents, 1915-1929 (MS Eng 832). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence was an English author.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of negative photostats of letters written by D. H. Lawrence to various correspondents. Letters discuss philosophy, political science, and the structure of government. Also included are copies of Lawrence's notes on an outline. In addition, letters discuss World War I, Lawrence's health, Lawrence's travels in and impressions of the United States and Mexico, and the upkeep of the Lawrences' New Mexico ranch. Letters also discuss astrology and various collaborations on articles and the book Dragon of Revelation, politics, religion, literary discussions, travel plans, and the difficult distribution of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Letters to Lawrence's Italian publisher and agent discuss the difficulties surrounding the publication, censorship and distribution of Lady Chatterley's Lover, as well as some description of Lawrence's daily life, including frequent mentions of his ill health. Mixed in are letters written in Italian and letters from various readers and booksellers ordering copies, frequently with Lawrence's instructions in the margins.

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