Lady Chatterley’s LoverRead about another entry on the list.
“Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?” War hero and prosecuting counsel Mervyn Griffith-Jones’s famous question might have been the dying cry of the old order, railing against a brazen new age. The Chatterley trial in 1960 was a major public event, in which Penguin defended their right to publish in full a novel that had existed only in bowdlerised or samizdat versions since Lawrence wrote it in the late 1920s. The explicit sex was revolutionary, although the consummation scene, when the gamekeeper Mellors leads Constance Chatterley to the shed to ravish her, is oddly restrained, hazy and dreamlike.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover is among Hannah Jane Parkinson's top ten readers of fiction in fiction and Joni Rendon and Shannon McKenna Schmidt's list of nine works inspired by writers’ love lives.