Durban House

Durban House where the young Lawrence collected his fathers wages

The D.H. Lawrence Society was formed in 1974. Although it has  members across the world, it remains based in Eastwood in Nottinghamshire, the place where Lawrence was born in 1885. Its general purpose is to promote knowledge and understanding of the life and work of a man who was unarguably one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

Lawrence is perhaps best known today as a novelist and the author of “Sons and Lovers”, “The Rainbow”, “Women in Love” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. However, many are also aware of Lawrence’s extaordinary achievements in other artistic forms, such as poetry, the short story, drama, travel writing, philosophy, journalism, painting, literary criticism and letter writing. His international reputation has been recognised and enhanced by the monumental Cambridge University Press edition of his Works and Letters. The three-volume Cambridge biography is a testament to how much he achieved in his short life of forty four years ; it tells the fascinating story of the development of his work, his extensive travels, and his struggle with the Establishment and the censors.

Now is the time to reappraise Lawrence’s significance as a pioneer in describing relationships between the sexes, his unsurpassed descriptions of Nature, and his importance as a communicator on environmental issues; he was ahead of his time in so many ways.

We welcome members from around the world. Members receive regular newsletters and our annual journal, as well as invitations to our monthly meetings and lectures in Eastwood.