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Lawrence Durrell papers

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Lawrence Durrell papers, 1933-1971 | Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Lawrence Durrell papers, 1933-1971Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 042

Primary Creator: Durrell, Lawrence.

Extent: 34.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged into three series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Manuscripts, (3) Addendum.

Subjects: Durrell, Lawrence, Egypt., Philosophy

Forms of Material: Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962 - Correspondence, Correspondence., Durrell, Lawrence - Correspondence, Durrell, Lawrence - Manuscripts, Manuscripts for publication., Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Durrell, Lawrence
Egypt.
Philosophy

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Donation.

Separated Materials: Lawrence Durrell papers, 1934-1966, UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections; The British Library; The University of Victoria and l'Université Paris X (Nanterre).

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.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Lawrence Durrell papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 1: Correspondence, 1933-1968Add to your cart.
Package 1 and 2 contain a card index to Durrell's correspondence, arranged by correspondent in alphabetical order. Includes date, location, and note concerning content.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1933 - 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1942 - 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1945 - 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1947 - 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1949 - 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1953 - 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1958Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1959 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1959 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1960 January - MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1960 April - JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1960 August - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1961 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1961 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1962 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1962 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1963 January - AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1963 May - SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1963 October - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1964 January - MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1964 April - AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1964 September - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1965 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1965 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1966 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1966 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence Fragments, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Aldington Letters, 1933 September 8; 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Aldington letters, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Aldington letters, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Aldington letters, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Aldington letters, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Aldington letters, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Miller letters, 1935 - 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Miller letters, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Miller letters, 1938 - 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Miller letters, 1941 - 1946Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miller letters, 1947 - 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Miller letters, 1949 - 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Miller letters, 1953 - 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miller letters, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miller letters, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miller letters, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Miller letters, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Miller letters, 1961 - 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Henry Miller and Fragments, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Nin letters, 1937 - 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Nin letters, 1946, 1957 - 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Nin letters, 1959 - 1968Add to your cart.
Package 1Add to your cart.
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