Kate Moss By Tim Walker For Love Magazine #9 | Spring 2013 | via the Libertine Magazine

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Posted on February 14, 2013

Lady Chatterley’s Lover 
"The idea of telling a story through photographing the female nude from a feminine point of view - which required the subject, Kate, to involve herself totally with the text and relate to the sensitivity through her own imagination and posture, which I think she did really very well.  Kate had a part to play for the camera, which is something she excels at." - Tim Walker on Kate Moss


Novelist D. H. Lawrence had sought to have Lady Chatterley’s Lover published conventionally by his publishers in England and the United States, but they were reluctant to undertake its publication due to its explicit sexual content. To circumvent censorship Lawrence was urged to have the book published privately in Florence. He was introduced to Florentine bookseller Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Orioli.

In March 1928, Orioli and Lawrence took Lawrence’s unexpurgated typescript to a Florence printing shop where the type was set by hand by Italian workers who did not know any English, resulting in numerous errors in the typesetting.  After several delays, including the time required for extensive proofreading by Lawrence, about 1000 copies of the novel were released in July 1928.

The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then – unprintable words.  The story is said to have originated from events in Lawrence’s own unhappy domestic life, and it is believed he took inspiration for the settings of the book from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, where he grew up.

An uncensored edition was not published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960, 32 years after the initial publication in Florence.

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