• Throughout this edition of “Women in Love,” Gustav Klimt’s brilliant illustrations personify the glittering pre-World War I era.
In “Women in Love,” D. H. Lawrence contrasts the relationships between the Brangwen sisters, Ursula and Gudrun, and their lovers, Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich. The powerful attraction between Rupert and Gerald complicates their affairs with the sisters. Although there was controversy over sexual aspects of the novel when it was first published in 1920, the struggle for self-realization is the dominant theme. As he follows the lives and conflicts of the sisters, Lawrence explores pre-First World War social attitudes. “Women in Love,” the sequel to “The Rainbow,” is considered by many to be Lawrence’s best novel, and its dark power still resonates with modern readers.