Document ReferenceLa Mc 2/3/6
TitleCarbon copy of letter from [Laurence Gomme, New York] to Mabel Luhan, Taos , New Mexico; 10 Apr. 1928
Date10 April 1928
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAcknowledges her letter, that from D.H. Lawrence and the order forms; asks for 100 more forms as he is sure of being able to get several orders for the book ['Lady Chatterley's Lover']; gives his considered opinion on the likelihood of it attaining a premium price in America and points out that collectors will choose to buy direct from England since Lawrence is an English author; warns that if the character of the book will cause a 'lot of discussion' there could be some difficulty in importing as many as 500 copies because of the strict censorship at the New York port of entry which could lead to suppression and complete confiscation; refers to the similar fate which befell James Joyce's 'Ulysses'; remarks that the 'honesty or beauty of a book does not enter into the minds of the censors'.

Points out the importance of considering the above possibility and asks for her opinion on the likelihood of it occurring; as a bookseller he would need to give it more consideration than a private individual; asks how Lawrence intends sending the American subscription copies over and suggests this should be by mail singly; carbon copy unsigned.
Termpublications, novels, D.H. Lawrence 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'
censorship, literature, D.H. Lawrence 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionCarbon copy typewritten on one side of two sheets of plain flimsy white paper; dimensions are 280 x 215 mm; reverse of sheet 1 has typescript cancelled through in pencil.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA75012Gomme; Laurence James (1882-1974); bookseller of New York1882-1974
NA380Luhan; Mabel Dodge Sterne (1879-1962); née Ganson; American patron of the arts1879-1962
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