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Laurence Pollinger Ltd
Laurence Pollinger Ltd. Files Concerning D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.3 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3


Consists of manuscripts, correspondence, contracts, and clippings of the literary agency Laurence Pollinger Ltd. relating to the firm's involvement with the literary estate of D. H. Lawrence.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of typed manuscripts of the first and second editions of D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, correspondence between Laurence Pollinger Ltd. and the major players involved in the contentious publication of the first unexpurgated American edition of the novel, fourteen contracts regarding English and foreign language versions, and newspaper clippings documenting the obscenity trial against Lady Chatterley's Lover in England. Laurence Pollinger Ltd. served as the executor of Lawrence's literary estate and maintained the copyrights for his writings beginning in the 1950s, represented his widow Frieda, and later served as her literary executor. The correspondence is the most interesting portion of the collection, as it illustrates in detail the numerous controversies over the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover, including censorship over the novel's alleged obscenity.

The following standard abbreviation, or its variation, is used to identify materials in this collection: TMs = typed manuscript

Collection Creator Biography:

Laurence Pollinger Ltd

D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930) was an English novelist, poet, storywriter, playwright, and essayist.

Collection History


Purchased in 2003 with funds from the Richard M. Ludwig Endowment donated by Michael Spence.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Laurence Pollinger Ltd. Files Concerning D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3