LADY CHATTERLEY'S VILLA: D.H. Lawrence


LADY CHATTERLEY'S VILLA: D.H. Lawrence

RICHARD OWEN    Book Number: 86511    Product format: Hardback

Italy was D. H. Lawrence's true home where he spent a third of his adult life. He loved and wrote lyrically about Italian sunshine, flavours, the landscape and people. For a miner's son from near Nottingham, the impact of Italy was tremendous. Lady Chatterley's Lover was written as his wife Frida points out "In the Tuscan hills in an umbrella pinewood" just after she and Lawrence had spent six months at the villa above the resort of Spotorno, beneath the ruins of a medieval castle, amid vines and orange trees. It brought Lawrence all the Italian sensuality and 'blood conscious' love of life. It was there that Frida had an affair with Lieutenant (later Captain) Ravagli which Lawrence used to create the story of Connie's attraction to Mellors, formally Lieutenant Mellors, of the Indian Army. It was also at the Villa Bernarda that Lawrence sat writing two stories which prefigure his novel of love and sex across the class divide - The Virgin and the Gypsy and Sun based on the bright, attractive and strong minded Anglo-Italian wife of his London Publisher. Rina Secker never published a memoir of her time with the Lawrences, even though Frida assured her she had a gift for writing and Lawrence himself offered her advice on a writing career. Rather than a biography of D. H. Lawrence, the book is an attempt to recreate his relationship in Italy by bringing the world of Villa Bernarda, the Villa Maria, the Hotel Miramare and the Hotel Ligure back to life and how the sparkling sea and Riviera gave new life to a great writer tormented by tuberculosis. It is also the story of a lost paradise of British expats in the 1920s, the Jazz Age, a world of tennis clubs, fancy dress balls, flirtations and affairs on sandy beaches and in English tea rooms and libraries. And you can smell the rosemary, fried chicken, roasting coffee and oranges. 226pp in handsomely scarlet clothbound hardback with tipped in illustration on the front cover and pagemarker.
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ISBN 9781907973987
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