Sons and Lovers

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1885 David Herbert Lawrence, born 11 September in Eastwood,
Nottinghamshire, son of coal miner.
1891 Begins education which leads from Board School through
scholarship to Nottingham High School, and eventually,
after a year spent as a clerk in a factory, to teacher training
at Nottingham University College 1906-8.
1901 Begins friendship with Jessie Chambers, the 'Miriam' of Sons and Lovers.
1908 Appointed to staff of Davidson Road School, Croydon.
1909 First serious publication, five poems in English Review.
1910 Becomes engaged to Louie Burrows. Death of mother,
Lydia Lawrence, 9 December. First novel published
January 1911, The White Peacock.
1912 Breaks off engagement, February. Elopes in May to Ger-
many with Frieda Weekley, wife of professor at Nottin-
gham. Novel, The Trespasser, published.
1913 Sons and Lovers published.
1914 Marries Frieda. The Prussian Officer stories published.
1915 The Rainbow published and immediately banned. Law-
rences, impoverished, spend rest of war years in Com-
wall, where they are harassed by military authorities,
then London, Berkshire, and Derbyshire. At war's end
they leave for Italy. In 1919 Lawrence seriously ill with
1920 Publication of Women in Love in New York, and of The Lost
1922 Leaves Europe for Ceylon and Australia and eventually
New Mexico. Fantasia of the Unconscious published, also a
collection of stories England, My England, and novel,
Aaron's Rod.
1923 Major stories published, The Ladybird, The Fox, and The
Captain's Doll
, critical Studies in Classic American Literature,
novel Kangaroo, and poems Birds, Beasts and Flowers.


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