D. H. Lawrence was born in 1885 in Eastwood, a town just outside Nottingham, in England.
When Lawrence was twelve he won a scholarship to Nottingham High School, but he remained at home, commuting from Eastwood to Nottingham daily. After High School, he went to work for several years as an uncertified teacher in Eastwood and nearby Ilkeston and then he went on to take a two year teacher - training course at the University of Nottingham, he completed in 1908. About this time, Lawrence was appointed as a regular teacher at the Davidson Road School in the London suburb of Croydon.
In 1909, Lawrence made his first serious attempt to get published when a friend sent some of his poems to the editor of The English Review, who was immediately enthusiastic, printed them in the lead spot in the magazine's November issue.
Lawrence has produced many works, including Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow (1915) and Women in Love (1916), which are considered his greatest works. Lawrence had trouble getting these works published and accepted due to their sexual frankness.
In addition to his novels, Lawrence produced a good deal of criticism, several plays, some wonderful travel books, and a considerable body of poetry which contains some of the finest poems to be written by an Englishman in this century. The most notable among Lawrence's works include Fantasia of the Unconscious (1922), Studies in Classic American Literature (1923), Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923), and the travel volumes Twilight in Italy (1916), Sea and Sardinia (1921), Mornings in Mexico (1927) and Etruscan Places(1932).
In the years between 1925 and 1929, though he continued to travel extensively, Lawrence's health worsened, as he contracted bronchitis. Lawrence died March 2, 1930, in a sanatorium in Vence, France.