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Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture

[Journal of English and American Studies]

Ed. by Butter, Michael / Eckstein, Lars / Frenk, Joachim / Georgi-Findlay, Brigitte / Herbst, Thomas / Korte, Barbara / Leypoldt, Günter / Reinfandt, Christoph / Stefanowitsch, Anatol

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Volume 52, Issue 2


Otto Gross Redivivus – Lady Chatterley Revisited

Franz K. Stanzel
Published Online: 2014-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa.2004.52.2.141


Otto Gross (1877-1920), psychiatrist from Graz and apostle of free love in a modern matriarchal utopia, had a short but very intensive affair with Frieda Weekley, née Richthofen, before she met D.H. Lawrence. This experience affected profoundly Frieda’s relation with Lawrence. Brenda Maddox thinks that Frieda “UnEnglished” young Lawrence’s sense of sexuality. This finds expression in his late novels, particularly in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, where Otto Gross evidently supplied the model for Connie’s lover Mellors. Considering the far-reaching consequences the acquittal of this novel from the charge of pornography in the much publicized trial of 1960 had on the presentation of sex in the modern novel, the role played by Otto Gross in this context deserves at least a footnote in the history of literature.

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Published Online: 2014-03-15

Published in Print: 2004-04-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Volume 52, Issue 2, Pages 141–151, ISSN (Online) 2196-4726, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa.2004.52.2.141.

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