It’s August 1923 and D.H. Lawrence is living in a rented farm cottage in New Jersey that includes a private field and horse...
It’s August 1923 and D.H. Lawrence is living in a rented farm cottage in New Jersey that includes a private field and horse. But, true to character, he’s 'not smitten with it'. His wife Frieda – the German aristocrat he married in 1914 – is about to leave for the UK without him.
Although the departing is temporary, her impending absence has a peculiar impact on Lawrence in that he starts to fantasise about living on a ship where he can cruise the seas and avoid ‘the solid world.’
But her departure also creates new opportunities to travel. But where to? 'Now I’ve reached the Atlantic, and see Liberty clenching her fist in the harbour, I only want to go west'.
To discover more about literature’s most nomadic writer, watch the latest Locating Lawrence video essay.
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