Twenty-Five Lady Chatterley’s Lover Covers

Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three (which was rather late for me) - Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban And the Beatles' first LP.

Connie was aware, however, of a growing restlessness…It thrilled inside her body, in her womb, somewhere, till she felt she must jump into water and swim to get away from it; a mad restlessness. It made her heart beat violently for no reason…

D.H. Lawrence’s infamous novel was initially published privately in 1928 in Italy, and then subsequently the following year in France and Australia. An unexpurgated edition was first published in the United Kingdom in 1960, thirty years after the author’s death. The novel became the subject of an important obscenity trial against Penguin Books a year after the introduction of Roy Jenkin’s Obscene Publications Act – which for the first time allowed a defence of artistic merit. During the trial the chief prosecutor, Mervyn Griffith-Jones, was ridiculed after asking if Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the kind of book “you would wish your wife or servants to read”. The publisher won the case, after a a jury of three women and nine men returned a unanimous “not guilty” verdict, took advantage of the huge publicity and quickly sold 3 million copies.

Lawrence’s novel is said to have derived from events in Lawrence’s own unhappy domestic life and he took inspiration for the settings of the book from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, where he grew up. Others have suggested that a major influence for the story was a fling between Lady Ottoline Morrell and “Tiger”, a young stonemason who came to carve plinths for her garden statues. Tragically Tiger died in the arms of his aristocratic lover after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 1922.


Front cover of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', Penguin edition, 1960

Front cover of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, Penguin edition, 1960


L'Amant de Lady Chatterley - French edition 1993

L’Amant de Lady Chatterley – French edition 1993



Penguin Australia 2011


An abridged paperback version published by ACE in 1959


L'Amant de Lady Chatterley - French edition 1985

L’Amant de Lady Chatterley – French edition 1985



Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. Published by Signet Classics in 1962, illustrated by Tupshur


Lady Chatterley Library edition

Lady Chatterley Library edition



Grove Press First Edition 1959



Signet edition 1946, cover art by Tony Varady


Paperback version of the Grove Press Edition



New American Library of World Literature, New York 1959



Heinemann first complete and unexpurgated edition, 1960.



Signet 10th printing 1958



Colombian edition 1981



1946 2nd print cover art by Robert Jonas Penguin


Lady Chatterley’s Lover privately printed in Florence, 1928


Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover

Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover



Pegasus Press, Paris, 1938



New York pirate edition 1928


Penguin Classics Published 1st June 2006


Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover

Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover


Penguin edition introduced by Richard Hoggart


50th Anniversary edition by Penguin


Penguin essential illustrated by Lucy McLauchlan


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