Discover the link between the English Writer D. H. Lawrence and Taos, New Mexico

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Censored for his works in literature, D.H. Lawrence was considered ahead of his time.

D.H. Lawrence lived for a while in Taos in the 1920s. He described New Mexico in general as "the greatest experience from the outside world that I ever had." One of the main attractions for Lawrence was the dry desert climate. Like many of his generation, he suffered from tuberculosis and the dry warmth was thought to be beneficial. He'd been invited by a wealthy American woman, Mabel Dodge Luhan. She had decided that the small town of Taos, nestling between the mountains and the mesa, at an altitude of 7000 feet, would be an ideal place for an artists' colony and invited many famous people of the day including Georgia O'Keefe, Carl Jung and Willa Cather. Mabel had married Tony Luhan a Native American from the1000 year old Taos Pueblo. Together they created a three story house, full of light- in stark contrast to the squat low adobes of local architecture. And it was in this house that Lawrence and the other illustrious visitors were guests.

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He and Mabel had a turbulent friendship and Lawrence and his wife Frieda eventually moved out to Mabel's ranch which she gave over to them in exchange for the original manuscript of "Sons and Lovers." Lawrence's ashes are kept in a small shrine on the grounds of the ranch. Both the ranch and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House can be visited. Mabel's house is now a hotel and conference centre so it is possible to stay in one of the rooms used by her famous guests.

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