Benjamin Kunkel is the author of the novel Indecision and a founding editor of n+1 magazine.

The Ideal Husband

D.H. Lawrence is often thought of as a novelist of sex when really his great subject was marriage. We tend to forget that Lady Chatterley’s lover was also her second-husband-to-be. Yet marriage was Lawrence’s religion as sex was merely his sacrament. “There’s very little else, on earth, but marriage,” said …