Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781907973987 Will Publish September 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Lady Chatterley's Villa

D. H. Lawrence on the Italian Riviera

Richard Owen

Richard Owen

Distributed for Haus Publishing

240 pages | 4 1/2 x 8 3/8
Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781907973987 Will Publish September 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
November 1925 found David and Frieda Lawrence on the Italian Riviera, looking for sun, sea air, and health. The Lawrences were exhilarated by life in their rented villa, set amid olive groves and vineyards, with a view of the sparkling Mediterranean. The drab English winter couldn’t have been farther away.

But before long Frieda found herself irresistibly attracted to their landlord, a dashing Italian army officer, and the resulting affair served as the background for Lawrence’s writing: while in the villa, he turned out two stories, “Sun” and “The Virgin and the Gypsy,” both prefiguring Lady Chatterley’s Lover in their depiction of women fatally drawn to earthy, muscular men.

Built on the unpublished, and previously unexplored, letters and diaries of Rina Secker, the Anglo-Italian wife of Lawrence’s publisher, and featuring never-before-published letters from Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Villa reconstructs the drama of the tempestuous marriage, and the ways it fired Lawrence’s creativity. Along the way, Richard Owen offers a new accounting of Lawrence’s passion for Italy, tracing his travels along the coasts and islands and his deep engagement with Italian culture. This exploration of a little-studied, but crucial period of the writer’s life will be a must for Lawrence’s many fans.
Times of London
“Gracefully and mischievously, [Owen] portrays the sunlit Riviera landscape and warmth of Italian society in which Lawrence was slowly resurrected and enabled to write.”
Country Life
“Beautifully produced. . . . This is a story of friendships and a valuable portrait of a great writer at work.”
Times Literary Supplement
"[An] excellently sourced book."
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