ESSAY Dr Claire Flay-Petty

NWR Issue 119

Introduction to Sarah Beryl Jones

The prosecution team in the 1960 case against DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover may have thought they had found an ally when Miss Jones, a sixty-year-old classics Mistress at an all-girls grammar school, was called to the bench. No doubt Miss Jones watched with relish the raised eyebrows and slack-jawed looks that met her statement ‘I think that this book has a considerable educational merit… because it deals honestly and openly with the problems of sex which are very real to the girls themselves....’

Dr Claire Flay-Petty's biography of Dorothy Edwards was published by University of Wales Press in 2011. Claire lives in Bridgend, where she (just about) juggles work, writing and a young family.

This article forms part of ongoing research on Jones and her peers for a forthcoming volume, Scholarship and Sisterhood: Women, Writing and Higher Education, which Claire Flay-Petty is co-writing with Dr Michelle Deininger for University of Wales Press.

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