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Lawrence Durrell - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Lawrence Durrell

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Lawrence Durrell, author of Mountolive and The Alexandria Quartet; twentieth century American Literature
Lawrence Durrell
(1912 - 1990)

 
Category:  Indian Literature
 
Born:  February 27, 1912
Darjeeling, India
 
Died:  November 7, 1990
Sommeèrs, France
 
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Anais Nin, Henry Miller
 
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Lawrence Durrell - LIFE STORIES
 
 
10/10/1958     Durell's Alexandria Quartet
On this day in 1958, Lawrence Durrell's Mountolive was published, his third novel in the series commonly known as The Alexandria Quartet. It was a Book of the Month Club selection and highly praised at the time; though vigorously defended by some, the series is neglected now, or ridiculed as "fake exoticism" and "potted wisdom."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Alexandria Quartet: Justine/Balthazar/Mountolive/Clea
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Lawrence Durrell: A Biography
by Ian S. MacNiven
biography
 
Through the Dark Labyrinth: A Biography of Lawrence Durrell
by Gordon Bowker
biography
 
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International Lawrence Durrell Society
Offers information about the society and its magazine "Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal," an e-mail discussion group, biography, critical bibliography, and a brief analysis of the author's fiction.

"In Durrell's view, Freud's discovery of the universe inside humankind parallels Einstein's investigations into the world outside. Studying hysterics in the 1890's, Freud noticed how under hypnosis they were able to recall painful experiences of which their waking, conscious minds were unaware. Freud hypothesized that there was an area of the mind beyond consciousness; he called it the unconscious, and, according to Durrell, that is 'how the idea of the splitting of the psyche first started.' Durrell, like D. H. Lawrence before him, rejected 'the old stable ego of character' in favor of characterization that is more amorphous and ambiguous. As Balthazar in The Alexandria Quartet says: 'Each psyche is really an ant-hill of opposing predispositions. Personality as something with fixed attributes is an illusion.'"
The Poetry of Lawrence Durrell
A writer records his feelings about Durrell's poetry, and its influence on his own writing.

"Durrell was to a surprising extent a chameleon of his times who borrowed ideas and styles that were in circulation, perhaps because of a lack of real conviction about who he was. The verse has a 1940s character -– heroic attitudes, grandiose rhetoric. These went down well at the time but people are less willing to go along with them now."
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