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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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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

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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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3