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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 832

D. H. Lawrence letters to various correspondents


Letters to various persons from English author D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence.


  • 1915-1929 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

These photostats were sealed from 1936 to 1947, at which time they were opened and became part of the general collection of the Library, with no restriction on access.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Collection consists of negative photostats of letters written by D. H. Lawrence to various correspondents. Letters discuss philosophy, political science, and the structure of government. Also included are copies of Lawrence's notes on an outline. In addition, letters discuss World War I, Lawrence's health, Lawrence's travels in and impressions of the United States and Mexico, and the upkeep of the Lawrences' New Mexico ranch. Letters also discuss astrology and various collaborations on articles and the book Dragon of Revelation, politics, religion, literary discussions, travel plans, and the difficult distribution of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Letters to Lawrence's Italian publisher and agent discuss the difficulties surrounding the publication, censorship and distribution of Lady Chatterley's Lover, as well as some description of Lawrence's daily life, including frequent mentions of his ill health. Mixed in are letters written in Italian and letters from various readers and booksellers ordering copies, frequently with Lawrence's instructions in the margins.

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence was an English author.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

50M-560. Gift of Harry K. Wells, 263 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; received: 1936.

Lawrence, D.H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930. D. H. Lawrence letters to various correspondents, 1915-1929: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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