After years of misunderstandings, accusations of duplicity and hurried letters, Thomas Seltzer finally published the first edition of Women in Love in New York City on 9 November 1920. This had come after three drawn out years of delays and revisions. This first limited edition (1250 books) was available only to subscribers; this was due to the controversy caused by his previous work, The Rainbow. Originally, the two books were written as parts of a single novel. The publisher had decided to publish them separately and in rapid succession. The first book's treatment of sexuality, while tame by 21st century standards, was frank for the mores of the time. There was an obscenity trial and The Rainbow was banned in the UK for 11 years, although it was available in the US. The publisher then backed out of publishing the second book in the UK, so it first appeared in the US. Complications also arose when Lawrence faced a libel suit by Lady Ottoline Morrell and others, who claimed their likenesses were unjustly drawn upon in The Rainbow. The first trade edition of Women in Love was published by Martin Secker in London on 10 June 1921.
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