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Contemporary Reactions to Modernist Writers

Novelist Edwin Muir attempted in 1926 to identify those writers who were ‘influencing the development of literature’ (Nottingham Journal, October 1926) in a series of essays entitled Transition. His choices, which included Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence, amongst others, survived the test of time and as such represent the most celebrated authors of the modernist period. Graphic | 26 October 1929 Using reviews taken from the pages of the British Newspaper Archive, and limiting our search to only those

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D.H. Lawrence, Born on 11 September 1885 – the Banning of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” in the UK

D.H. Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, on 11 September 1885. To mark the day, here is a fascinating newspaper story from 1919 that reports on the attempts by the UK authorities to prevent further circulation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover – we especially love the term, ‘astonishing detail’. Yet demand for the novel was great, with copies of the book changing hands at £25 – that’s about £835 in today’s terms. Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 25 January 1929 Image

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