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Lawrence, David Herbert

Born: 1885 AD
Died: 1930 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Novelists

1885 – Born on the 11th of September, and spent his formative years in the coal mining town of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.

1891-1898 – The young Lawrence attended Beauvale Board School, becoming the first local pupil to win a County Council scholarship to Nottingham High School in nearby Nottingham.

1901 – Working for three months as a junior clerk at Haywood’s surgical appliances factory before a severe bout of pneumonia ended this career.

1902-1906 – Lawrence served as a pupil teacher at the British School, Eastwood.

1907 – He won a short story competition in the Nottingham Guardian, the first time that he had gained any wider recognition for his literary talents.

1908 – He went on to become a full-time student and received a teaching certificate from University College Nottingham.

1910 – His first published novel The White Peacock appeared.

1911 – Lawrence was introduced to Edward Garnett, a publisher’s reader, who acted as a mentor, provided further encouragement, and became a valued friend.

1913 – Lawrence completed the final version of Sons and Lovers that, was acknowledged to represent a vivid portrait of the realities of working class provincial life.

1918 – He lived in the small, beautiful rural village of Hermitage near Newbury in Berkshire.

1919 – He was compelled by poverty to shift from address to address and barely survived a severe attack of influenza.

1919 – Lawrence abandoned England in November and headed south; first to the Abruzzi district in central Italy and then onwards to Capri and the Fontana Vecchia in Taormina, Sicily.

1922 – In February, the Lawrences left Europe behind with the intention of migrating to the United States.

1930 – Died on the 2nd of March.