Lady Constance Chatterley’s husband is paralyzed, and unable to satisfy her. Frustrated, she pursues an affair with Oliver Mellors, a servant. D. H. Lawrence’s controversial 1928 novel is an exposition on themes of love, class, and the necessity of physical intimacy.
Perhaps the most famous of Lawrence's novels, the 1928 Lady Chatterley's Lover is no longer distinguished for the once-shockingly explicit treatment of its subject matter--the adulterous affair between a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman and the game keeper who works for the estate owned by her wheelchaired husband. Now that we're used to reading about sex, and seeing it in the movies, it's apparent that the novel is memorable for better reasons: namely, that Lawrence was a masterful and lyrical writer, whose story takes us bodily into the world of its characters.