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D.H. Lawrence Life Bio
· David Herbert Richard Lawrence (1885 1930) was an English novelist, poet,
playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter.
· Born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire which has now become the D.H. Lawrence
· He is the fourth child of Arthur John Lawrence, a barely literate miner and Lydia
Beardsall, a former schoolmistress.
· He went to Beauvale Board School from 1891 to 1898, becoming the first local
pupil to win a scholarship (an award of financial aid) to Nottingham High School.
· He left the high school in 1901 and worked as a junior clerk at Haywood's
surgical appliances factory for three months, until a a severe case of pneumonia,
ended this career.
· In the years 1902 to 1906 Lawrence served as a pupil teacher at the British
School, Eastwood. He went on to become a fulltime student and received a
teaching certificate from University College Nottingham.
· His parents did not have a good relationship, and family conflicts evolved
causing Lawrence to hate his father. His father would spend the wages on
alcohol in order to help deaden the pain of working long gruelling hours whilst his
mother was more concerned on the children's welfare and upbringing.
· Lawrence's dearly beloved mother died of cancer in 1910, with Lawrence
reported to have given her an overdose of 'sleeping medicine', to end the pain
that she was suffering in 1908. His father died in 1924.
· In 1912, Lawrence met and fell in love with Frieda Weekley (German), who was
the wife of Ernest Weekley, a professor at Nottingham University. She left her
husband and three children to be with Lawrence. They married on 13th July 1914.
· They were both accused of spying for Germany, as they moved to Cornwall when
the war broke out between Britain and Germany. Lawrence and Frieda were
expelled from Cornwall in 1917, because of the spying allegations, and with not a
penny to their name, they returned to London, where they were looked after by
· D.H. Lawrence died of tuberculosis on the 2nd. March 1930, aged 44, in Vence,
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During his early years when he was studying in Beauvale Board School and
Nottingham High School, he worked on his first poems, some short stories and a
draft of a novel `Laetitia' which eventually became `The White Peacock'.
At the end of 1907 he won a short story competition in the Nottingham
Guardian, the first time that he had gained any wider recognition for his literary