First published in Italy, the publication of this book caused a scandal in the United Kingdom not only due to its explicit sex scenes, including some hard words, and because the lovers were a working-class male and an aristocratic female. The book was also banned in the United States, in Australia and in other countries. Lady Chatterley's Lover has been adapted for film in 1955 (banned in the US), in 1961, in 1981, in 1993, in 1998, and in 2006.
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.