Course Details

962: Lady Chatterley's Lover: Then and Now

July 11-14
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Which is hotter, July in Washington or Lady Chatterley’s lover? Let’s find out this summer as we look at Connie Chatterley and Mellors, the gardener on her husband’s estate, who awakens her to a new world of love and sex. We will discuss D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley’s Lover as a historical artifact and a momentous work of modern literature. The novel, which in many ways revolutionized literary fiction, was published privately in Italy in 1928 but banned in Britain and the United States. It produced a storm of controversy when Penguin Books brought it out in an accessible paperback edition in 1960. The publisher was charged with selling pornography, provoking a watershed obscenity trial. In this study group, we will examine theme, plot, and character development, as we delve into the scattered life and controversial works of Lawrence. We should have some lively discussions! To do so, we ask that class members read the entire book before the class meets. 


Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: In-Person

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Elsa Newmyer

Elsa Newmyer taught English and related subjects to middle and high school students for close to 30 years. A lifelong reader, she loves nothing more than teaching literature. She spent 20 years at Georgetown Day School, in addition to other independent schools.

Virginia Newmyer

Virginia Newmyer has taught many courses at OLLI, chiefly about British history, illustrated with PowerPoint presentations. She also most recently taught at the Smithsonian and with Susan Willens at Politics and Prose.

Reading List:

Lady Chatterley's Lover (D. H. Lawrence) | 2007: Bantam Classic (reissue) | ISBN: 0553212624 | Recommended