The Companion and wife of D.H. Lawrence from 1912 until the novelist's death in 1930. Frieda Lawrence was a remarkable person in her own right. Frieda, the daughter of a Prussian aristocrat, was born in Germany in 1879. At the age of twenty she married Ernest Weekley, a professor of linguistics at the University of Nottingham, and seemed destined to live out her life as a cultivated and somewhat restless hausfrau-until the day she first met D.H. Lawrence. Abandoning her husband and children, she fled to the continent with the young novelist and thus began a new life, in which she proved to be a vigorous champion of Lawrence's ideas and a loyal ally in his turbulent literary career. After Lawrence's death, she was to live in America for twenty six years-active years in which she continued her husband's battles with his critics and instigated not a few of her own.
In 1935 Frieda Lawrence began writing an autobiographical memoir. Although this work remained unfinished at her death in 1956, it stands as a forceful and enlightening testament to her belief in life and to the fullness of her experience. The complete text of this memoir is included in this volume, as well as an important selection of her correspondence and a choice of her most significant writings on Lawrence. Of special interest is a revealing exchange of letters between Frieda and Middleton Murry written towards the end of their lives, which throws new light on the Lawrence marriage and on the famous quarrels between Murry and Lawrence. The editor of this book, E.W. Tedlock, Jr. has supplied extensive notes on Frieda's life and friends, and the book as a whole constitutes a well-rounded and vigorous portrait of a notable twentieth-century woman.