D. H. Lawrence
English novelistDied when: 44 years 172 days (533 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English writer and poet.His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation.
Lawrence's writing explores issues such as sexuality, emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, and instinct.His works include Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage".
At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents.
E.M.Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, the literary critic F.
R.Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness.