"The Virgin and the Gipsy" was discovered in France after David Herbert Lawrence's death in 1930. Immediately recognised as a masterpiece in which Lawrence had distilled and purified his ideas about sexuality and morality, "The Virgin and the Gipsy" has become a classic and is one of Lawrence's most electrifying short novels.
Set in a small village in the English countryside, this is the story of a secluded, sensitive rector's daughter who yearns for meaning beyond the life to which she seems doomed. When she meets a handsome young gipsy whose life appears different from hers in every way, she is immediately smitten and yet still paralysed by her own fear and social convention. Not until a natural catastrophe suddenly, miraculously sweeps away the world as she knew it does a new world of passion open for her.
Lawrence's spirit is infused by all his tenderness, passion, and knowledge of the human soul.