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Chronology of Lawrence's life and works

Dates Life events First publication (major works) *
1885 Born Eastwood, Nottinghamshire 11 September.
1891-1901 Educated at Beauvale Board School, Eastwood, and Nottingham High School.
1902-1906 Pupil teacher (later assistant teacher) at British School, Eastwood and part-time student at Ilkeston Pupil-Teacher Centre.
1906-1908 Student at University College, Nottingham. A Prelude under Jessie Chambers' name (1907)
1908-1912 Teaching post at Davidson Road School, Croydon.
Engaged to Louie Burrows.
Death of mother, Lydia Lawrence.
Breaks off engagement and resigns after lengthy illness.
First poems and stories in The English Review The White Peacock (1911)
1912-1914 Returns to Nottinghamshire.
Meets Frieda Weekley and elopes with her to Germany and Italy.
The Trespasser (1912) Love Poems and Others (1913)
Sons and Lovers (1913)
1914-1919 Returns to England and marries Frieda (July 1914).
Confined to England for duration of war.
Lives in various places including Cornwall (Tregerthen) and Derbyshire (Middleton-by-Wirksworth).
Rananim and the social revolution.
Prosecution and suppression of The Rainbow (1915).
The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (1914) The Prussian Officer and other stories (1914)
The Rainbow
Twilight in Italy
Look! We have come through!
New Poems
1919-1922 Travels to Italy, settling at Fontana Vecchia, Taormina, Sicily.
Visits to Sardinia and Switzerland.
Bay : a book of poems (1919) Touch and Go (1920)
Women in Love (1920)
The Lost Girl (1920)
Movements in European History (1921)
Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious (1921)
Sea and Sardinia
Tortoises (1921)
1922-1924 Travels to Ceylon and Australia.
Then to America and settles at Taos, New Mexico.
In 1923 visits Mexico and settles in Chapala.
Visits New York and Los Angeles.
Travels to England (December).
In 1924 travels to England, France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria before returning to New Mexico.
Death of father, Arthur Lawrence.
Aaron's Rod (1922) Fantasia of the Unconscious (1922)
England, my England and other stories
The Ladybird, the Fox, the Captain's Doll (1923)
Studies in Classic American Literature (1923)
Kangaroo (1923)
Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923)
The Boy in the Bush (1924)
1924-1925 In Mexico City but returns to Taos after serious illness. St Mawr (1925) Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine (1925)
1925-1926 Travels mainly in Italy, spending 3 months at Villa Bernarda, Spotorno.
Finally settles at Villa Mirenda, Scandicci, near Florence.
Last trip to Britain includes brief visit to Eastwood area
The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl) (1926) David (1926)
Sun (1926)
Glad Ghosts
1927-1928 Visits to Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
Lady Chatterley's Lover attacked in press and appearance of pirated copies.
Copies of Lady Chatterely and Pansies (typescript) seized by police.
Paintings seized from exhibition at Warren Gallery, London.
Moves to South of France end of 1929.
The Escaped Cock (The Man who Died) (1928/29)
The Woman who Rode Away and other stories (1928)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)
Collected Poems (1928)
Rawdon's Roof (1929)
Pornography and Obscenity (1929)
1930 Dies at Vence in South of France on 2 March.

* Excludes works translated by Lawrence

Works first published posthumously

Year Title
1930 Nettles  

Assorted Articles
The Virgin and the Gipsy
Apropos of Lady Chatterley's Lover
Love Among the Haystacks and other pieces
1931 Apocalypse
1932 Etruscan Places
The Letters of D.H. Lawrence
(ed. Aldous Huxley)
Last Poems
1933 The fight for Barbara
1934 A Collier's Friday Night
1936 Phoenix (uncollected essays, stories and reviews)
1940 Fire and Other Poems
The Married Man
1941 The Merry-Go-Round
1944 The First Lady Chatterley
1962 Collected Letters (ed. Harry T. Moore)
1964 The Complete Poems
1965 The Complete Plays
1968 Phoenix II (uncollected pieces)
1972 John Thomas and Lady Jane
1984 Mr Noon


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