"J.Chambers" (1907)


"Jessie Chambers" (Auth.); [David Herbert Lawrence] (Auth.)
AN ENJOYABLE CHRISTMAS: A PRELUDE: "Sweet pleasure after pain..." [D.H.Lawrence short story featuring a Christmas Guysers play]
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, 7th Dec.1907, p.17a-e

A Christmas short story set in the Notts. coalfield. It features a three-man Guysers play. The characters St. George and Beelzebub are mentioned, and there is some description of costumes. One of the ilustrations shows two Guysers making up in front of a mirror.

This was one of three short stories written by D.H.Lawrence for Christmas competition run by the newspaper. He got his friend to submit it under her name to circumvent the rule of one entry per author. It won the competition and became his first published work.

The story is probably based on his experiences of Guysers in his home town of Eastwood, Notts.

Index Terms:

Locations: Eastwood, Notts. (SK4646)
Years: Publ. 1907
Subjects: Christmas; Guysers; Play; Short Story; St. George; Beelzebub; Illustration
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00554

* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.

Last Updated Oct 1994 by Peter Millington.