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British and Commonwealth Literary Studies

D.H. Lawrence Papers

The Papers

Stanford has several collections that contain original manuscripts, correspondence, and other archival materials related to D. H. Lawrence.

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)
Novelist, essayist, poet, and playwright, David Herbert Lawrence was born a coal miner's son at Eastwood, Nottinghamshire in 1885. Winning a scholarship at the age of twelve allowed him to escape the cycle of coal mining, a story that was later recalled in the novel Sons and Lovers (1913). He excelled at school, winning a King's scholarship to Nottingham University College, where he began writing poetry and fiction. Graduating in 1908, he became a teacher at a boys school in Croydon. His first poetry was printed in The English Review, which led to the publication of his first novel, The White Peacock (1911). In 1912 Lawrence traveled to Germany where he met Frieda von Richthofen, then the wife of a former teacher, with whom he fell in love and subsequently married. He soon became a prolific writer, publishing a play The Winning of Mrs Holroyd (1914), a book of short stories, The Prussian Officer and Other Stories (1914), and a novel, The Rainbow (1915). The novel was condemned by the reviewers and scandalized the public, which did not keep Lawrence from beginning work on the sequel. The next year he published two books of poetry, Amores: Poems and Look! We Have Come Through! and a book of travel essays, Twilight in Italy. The controversial nature of his work and his passionate anti-war stance made him unpopular in England and he and Freida were expelled from the country in 1917. He took to traveling to warmer climates in hopes of finding a cure for his failing health. He continued to write and published the poetry collections, New Poems (1918) and Bay: A Book of Poems (1919), and a play, Touch and Go (1919). His fortunes improved when his next book, The Lost Girl (1920) was awarded the James Tait Black prize, and he was able to support himself with his writing for the first time. In quick succession, he published Women in Love (1921), Sea and Sardinia (1921), Aaron's Rod (1922), England, My England (1922), and The Captains Doll (1923), which contains the novelette, The Fox. He continued to travel in hopes of a cure, writing Kangaroo (1923) while in New South Wales and The Plumed Serpent (1926) in Mexico. His last novel, Lady Chatterly's Lover (1928) caused an uproar of controversy and suppression in England where the unexpurgated text was not released until 1961. D. H. Lawrence died of consumption in 1930 at the age of 44.

D. H. Lawrence Collection
.75 linear ft.
Call Number: M0116
Content: Principally correspondence between D. H. Lawrence and Lady Ottoline Morrell, Cecil Gray, Mrs. Maria Cristina Chambers, Henry Savage, and others. Most of the letters are originals. The subject matter is primarily personal, describing visitors (usually prominent literary figures), and trips. There is some correspondence regarding the censorship of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Also included are poems, manuscripts, and typescripts of correspondence.
Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

D. H. Lawrence. Letters, 1928-1929, n.d., to Charles Lahr.
10 items
Call Number: Misc 054
Content: Personal correspondence

D. H. Lawrence. Look! We have come through: papers, 1917
3 items
Call Number: Misc 108
Content: Includes corrected page proofs, a typescript (1 p.), and a first edition of the work.

Lawrence, Frieda von Richthofen, 1879-1956.
Letter, ca. 1913, Fiascherino (Italy), to Henry Savage.
1 item>
Call Number: Misc 021
Content: Personal correspondence


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