Lawrence, D.H. (David Herbert Lawrence; 1885–1930), English author. He combined a vivid prose style with a solid background of ideas and intense human insight. From a working-class background (reflected in Sons and Lovers, 1913), he believed that the Industrial Revolution had resulted in dehumanization. Stressing the supremacy of instinct and emotion over reason in human relationships, he advocated absolute sexual candor; his novel Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) was notorious for this to the exclusion of its other themes. His other novels include The Rainbow (1915) and Women in Love (1920).