Sons and Lovers is a famous novel by D. H. Lawrence. The refined daughter of a "good old burgher family," Gertrude Coppard meets a rough-hewn miner, Walter Morel, at a Christmas dance and falls into a whirlwind romance characterized by physical passion. But soon after her marriage to Walter, she realizes the difficulties of living off his meagre salary in a rented house. The couple fight and drift apart and Walter retreats to the pub after work each day. Gradually, Mrs. Morel's affections shift to her sons beginning with the oldest, William. As a boy, William is so attached to his mother that he doesn't enjoy the fair without her. As he grows older, he defends her against his father's occasional violence. Later he leaves for a job in London, and rises up into the middle class. He gets engaged, but dies. Mrs. Morel is heartbroken, but when Paul catches pneumonia she rediscovers her love for her second son… Artist Bio Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. One of his main topics were the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization.