Leavis-Lawrence Day by Zoom on Saturday September 11 2021 10am - 4pm
Leavis was the first seriously to place Lawrence among the Greats of English literature and the Leavis-Lawrence Day has been held annually for almost a decade under, as it were, the aegis of that judgement, but never uncritically. This year, however, we decided to devote the Day almost exclusively to Lawrence and to four people in his life who have engendered, for different reasons, controversy and speculation. How did figures to be found in almost any man's life, his mother, his father, his first girlfriend, his wife, become such dramatis personae written into Lawrence's history? (Only two of them have ever spoken for themselves.) By the end of the Day we might have more understanding and some of our views modified.
10 - 12pm Paul Filmer on Lydia Lawrence, Malcolm Gray on Arthur Lawrence
2 - 4pm Kate Foster on Jessie Chambers, John Worthen on Frieda Lawrence
The DH Lawrence Memorial Birthday Lecture by Zoom Saturday September 11 2021 7pm
'Affirmation and Anxiety in Lady Chatterley's Lover' by Keith Cushman