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D. H. LAWRENCE (1885 – 1930) was a prolific writer of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, essays, and criticism. His works are heavily autobiographical, and the experiences of his early years in Nottinghamshire continued to exert a profound influence throughout his life. His most famous novels include Sons and Lovers, Women in Love, The Rainbow and, most notoriously, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Along with The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd his works for the stage include The Daughter-in-Law and A Collier’s Friday Night.

Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The
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Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

D.H. Lawrence
Trapped in a brutish marriage, Mrs Holroyd begins to wish her husband dead when she accepts the advances of another man. Resentment, anger, lust and betrayal ripple out to touch all the family.

Written in 1911, first published in a revised edition in 1914, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd is based on Lawrence’s short story Odour of Chrysanthemums. Partly based on his parents’ turbulent relationship and the effect it had on his early years, the play resonated with audiences despite the dark subject matter and the intensity of the drama. It has been filmed several times for television.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-158-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB