D H Lawrence (1885 – 1930) was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. He is a well-known English novelist, poet, painter and playwright who received much criticism, persecution and censorship for his views. Much of his work focused on subject matters including sexuality, emotional health and the dehumanising effects of the modern world and industrialisation. His work is predominantly autobiographical. Following a lengthy period of criticisms from his peers he chose a life of voluntary exile from Britain in what he called his “savage pilgrimage”. He eloped with Frieda Weekley to travel the world until illness forced them to return to Europe. Lawrence lived out his final years in Italy with only brief visits to England. He died in the South of France in 1930.
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