Collection SC040 - Lawrence Durrell collection

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Lawrence Durrell collection

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CA UVICARCH SC040

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  • 1950 - 2001 (Creation)

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9 cm of textual records

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Lawrence Durrell was born in India and educated there and in England. He was refused admission to Cambridge University and left England in 1935. He edited "The Booster" with Henry Miller and Alfred Perlès 1937-39. He later worked in various government, newspaper and teaching positions in such places as Egypt, Greece, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, and Argentina. He became a full time writer in 1957 and moved to France. He was mainly a writer of poetry and novels, but also worked as a playwright, short story writer, translator, travel writer, and editor. His major works include "The Alexandria Quartet" "The Black Book", "Tunc" and "Nunquam". He also wrote many volumes of poetry and travel literature. He won several awards for his work. He also wrote under the pseudonyms "Charles Norden (Panic Spring) and Gaffer Peeslake (Bromo Bombastes). He had a close friendship, spanning many years, with Henry Miller and Alfred Perlès. He died in Sommieres, France.

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The collection consists of correspondence from Durrell to Alfred Perlès, William Woods, John Lehmann, Peter Russell, Tambimuttu (LD's notes on Dylan Thomas in the form of a letter), and others; also included are a corrected proof of "Balthazar"(sent to Perlès); a sketch (1959) by Eve Miller of Henry Miller, Alfred Perlès and Durrell; and, a watercolour by "Oscar Epfs" (pseud. of L. Durrell) done for a record sleeve "Songs of Greece" plus a Xmas card reproduced from the painting in 1964. Alfred Perlès later changed his name to Alfred Barret, and was often addressed by Durrell and Miller as Joe or Joey in their letters to him.

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lawrence-durrell-collection-2

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Revised by JF, July 25, 2013.

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  • English

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