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—D H Lawrence

While Richard Owen’s Lady Chatterley’s Villa, was already well received in The Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Literary Review had the following to add:

‘…[Richard Owen] reconstructs the drama leading to the creation of one of history’s most controversial novels and explores DH Lawrence’s passion for all things Italian.’ – Sunday Telegraph

‘…one senses that the former Times correspondent Richard Owen was handed a big gift on a plate when Anthea Secker, daughter-in-law of Lawrence’s publisher, Martin Secker, showed him the unpublished papers of Secker’s Italian wife, Rina. It’s clear that Owen, like Lawrence, has his own love affair with Italy, and that he entered with a will to reconstruct the story that this correspondence tells. …Owen is kind to all his subjects – most of all to Lawrence, whose death and hope of eternal life are tenderly described. He ends his book, centred on three works by sexually alive women, by suggesting “Perhaps it is time to reassess D H Lawrence – as a feminist.” It certainly is.’ – Literary Review

And for good measure, here again are The Times‘s kind words:

‘Owen agrees with Anthony Burgess and Aldous Huxley that Lawrence served English literature and himself all the better for staying away from England. Gracefully, he portrays the Riviera and warmth of Italian society in which Lawrence was slowly resurrected and enabled to write.’