"He wrote some very good short stories, one called The Prussian Officer."

While some of English-born David Herbert Lawrence's poetry found sympathy with Ford Madox Ford and The English Review in 1909, his first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911 when the author was 25. Rewritten three times and often compared to works by Thomas Hardy and George Eliot, the book was chiefly concerned with the consequences of ill-formed marriages and the effects of industrialisation on rural England -- perhaps not so surprising given the author's working class background.

Lawrence's next offering, Sons and Lovers, had more of the sexually graphic content with which Lawrence subsequently became associated, and was rejected by UK publisher William Heinemann on the first reading. Clearly enraged by Heinemann's decision, Lawrence wrote to a friend: "Curse the blasted, jelly-boned swines, the slimy, the belly-wriggling invertebrates, the miserable sodding rutters, the flaming sods, the sniveling, dribbling, dithering, palsied, pulse-less lot that make up England today." He did not have to wait long for a more positive result, however, as Edward Garnett soon produced the first edition (1913) -- albeit heavily edited and minus a total of 80 passages! 

Following the lives and relationships of two sisters, Women In Love -- a sequel to Lawrence's 1915 novel The Rainbow -- was published in 1920. Due to its controversial content and consequent 11-year ban, Women In Love was initially only available on subscription in the US. Doubtless Hemingway would have borrowed the novel from Sylvia Beach, who certainly stocked D.H. Lawrence's later publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928, Italy), which was banned in most countries for its obscene content and would not be printed in the UK until 1960. 'The Prussian Officer', a story of suppressed passion and subconscious homoeroticism, was published as The Prussian Officer and Other Stories in 1916.