David H Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930).

 

Was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. The fourth child of Arthur Lawrence, a barely literate miner, and Lydia, a former schoolmistress, Lawrence spent his formative years in the coal mining town of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. The house in which he was born, in Eastwood, 8a Victoria Street, is now the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum.

 

His working class background and the tensions between his parents provided the raw material for a number of his early works. Lawrence would return to this locality and often wrote about nearby Underwood, calling it; "the country of my heart”, and a setting for much of his fiction.

 

Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile which he called his "savage pilgrimage”.