The story is a parable of two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun, a study in contrasts. For example, their love affairs...Gudrun and Gerald's, icy and sterile; Ursula and Birkin's, fruitful and transcendent.
One of the most controversial writers of the 20th century, Lawrence was born in England in 1885, the son of a coal miner and a school teacher. This misalliance was in some measure responsible for Lawrence's deeply divided nature. His relatively short life was a search for meaning; his books reflect the intensity of his vision.