Lawrence Durrell papers, 1933-1971
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Brief Description: Collection consists of materials related to Durrell's career as a writer from 1933 to 1971.  Included in these papers are:  the author's  file of his manuscripts, typescripts, and working notebooks, together with source books and allied material. The content of the notebooks includes Durrell's study of esoteric philosophy and writing notes.  Also contained in the collection is correspondence with Richard Aldington, Henry Miller, and other literary figures. In addition there are ten source books on Egypt, heavily marked by Durrell, versions and drafts of novels and poetry notebooks.
Held at:
Manuscripts
Special Collections Research Center
Morris Library
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 1/1/MSS 042
Created by: Durrell, Lawrence.
Volume: 34.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Arranged into three series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Manuscripts, (3) Addendum.
Biographical Note for Durrell, Lawrence. : Lawrence George Durrell (February 27, 1912-November 7, 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. Durrell was born in Jullundur, British India and published his first collection of poetry, Quaint Fragment, at age 19. This was the first of many writings to be published, and though he is remembered as a great poet, much of his work in print is prose. Publications include:  Prospero's Cell, White Eagles over Serbia, Bitter Lemons, The Alexandria Quartet, The Revolt of Aphrodite, and The Avignon Quintet. In 1935, Durrell married Nancy Isobel Myers and moved to Greece. In 1940 they had a daughter, Penelope Berengaria, and soon after had to escape from Greece to Egypt where he wrote about Corfu and their life on "this brilliant little speck of an island in the Ionian" in the poetic. During the war, Durrell served as a press attaché  to the British Embassies, first in Cairo and then Alexandria. After the war he held various diplomatic and teaching jobs. Durrell separated from Nancy in 1942 and in 1951 he married Yvette Cohen, the model for the character Justine in the Alexandria Quartet.  Durrell separated from Eve Cohen in 1955, and was married again in 1961 to Claude-Marie Vincendon. Vincendon died of cancer in 1967. Durrell spent several years in the service of the Foreign Office. He was senior Press Officer to the British Embassies in Athens and Cairo, Press attaché  in Alexandria and Belgrade, Director of the British Institutes in Kalamata, Greece, and Cordoba, Argentina. He was also Director of Public Relations in the Dodecanese Islands and on Cyprus. His fourth and final marriage was in 1973 to Ghislaine de Boysson, whom he divorced in 1979. Durrell suffered from emphysema for many years. He died of a stroke at his house in Sommières, France in November 1990.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Durrell, Lawrence
Egypt.
Philosophy
Genres/Forms of Material
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962 - Correspondence
Correspondence.
Durrell, Lawrence - Correspondence
Durrell, Lawrence - Manuscripts
Manuscripts for publication.
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Donation.
Related Materials: Lawrence Durrell VFMs; Lawrence Durrell collection (MSS 163), Lawrence Durrell personal library (see website) For more information please see http://www.librarything.com/profile/LawrenceDurrell.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Lawrence Durrell papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.