By Ron Janoff
May and June of 2023 mark 100 years since the renowned and controversial English novelist, D. H. Lawrence, spent a remarkably productive and well-documented two months in Chapala.
Lawrence and his wife Frieda had embarked on a world-circling expedition in February 1922, traveling east and reaching San Francisco in September. They continued to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico at the invitation of Mabel Dodge Luhan, a wealthy American arts patron.
Their stay in Taos was turbulent, and they soon decided to travel to Mexico. They reached Mexico City in March 1923, joined by two new friends from Santa Fe, the American poet, Witter Bynner, and his partner, Willard ”Spuds” Johnson.