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Lawrence Durrell papers


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

ID: 1/1/MSS 042

Primary Creator: Durrell, Lawrence.

Extent: 35.0 Boxes

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

Date Acquired: 00/00/1958. More info below under Accruals.

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Additions 1990

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.

Curtis Brown Group Limited of London, England maintain literary rights.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

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

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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1933-1968],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, 1936-1969],
[Series 3: Addendum],
[Series 4: Free Standing Volumes],

Series 4: Free Standing VolumesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Pied Pipers of Lovers.Add to your cart.
Durrell, Lawrence.  London, Toronto, Melbourne, and Sydney: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1935.
Item 2: The Black Book.Add to your cart.
Durrell, Lawrence.  Paris: The Obelisk Press, 1938.
Item 3: Personal Landscape.  Vols. I-II.Add to your cart.
Durrell, Lawrence.  et. al. (compilers).    (Cairo.  Press of the French Institute of Oriental Archeology), 1942-1945.  (found in one volume.)  (Holograph inscription:  Lawrence Durrell/ complete file of Personal/ Landscape Cairo verse/ magazine run during war/ years by Robin Fedden/ Bernard Spencer Lawrence/ Durrell)
Item 4: Personal Landscape, An Anthology of Exile.Add to your cart.
Durrell, Lawrence, et. al (compilers).   (London): Editions Poetry, Limited, (1945).
Item 5: The Artists' and Writers Cookbook.Add to your cart.
Barr, Beryl, and Barbara Turner Sachs (eds.)    Angel Island Publications, Inc., 1961.
Item 6: La Peinture Turque.Add to your cart.
Berk, Nouroullah.   Preface by Tahsin Oz; translated into French by Munevver Berk, Ankara, 1950.
Item 7: The Walls of Constantinople.Add to your cart.
Baker, Captain B. Granville. London: John Milne, 1910.
Item 8: Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah.Add to your cart.
Burton, Captain Sir Richard F.  Vol. I.  London: George Bell and Sons, 1898.  (Signed by Durrell)
Item 9: Country Life LimitedAdd to your cart.
De Cosson, Anthony. Mareotis.  London: Country Life Limited, 1935.  (Signed by Durrell)
Item 10: Delta.Add to your cart.
No. 4.  London: John Goodland, February, 1939.
Item 11: The Family Reunion.Add to your cart.
Eliot, T. S.  London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939.  (Holograph inscription: Inscribed for/ Lawrence Durrell/ with the author's/ compliments/ T.S. Eliot)
Item 12: "Durrell's Themes in the Alexandria Quartet."Add to your cart.
Elkin, Stanley G.  Reprinted from The Texas Quarterly, Winter, 1962.
Item 13: St. Paul's Cathedral.Add to your cart.
Ewin, E. T. Floyd. London: Pitkin Pictorials Limited, 1965.
Item 14: St. Paul's Cathedral.Add to your cart.
Ewin, E. T. Floyd.  London: Pitkin Pictorials Limited, 1968.
Item 15: St. Paul's Cathedral.Add to your cart.
Ewin. E. T. Floyd. Norwich: Jarrold and Sons Limited, 1968.
Item 16: Alexandria: A History and a Guide.Add to your cart.
Forster, E. M. Alexandria: Whitehead Morris Limited, 1938.  (Signed by E.M. Forster, Durrell/ Alexandria)
Item 17: Bastard Death, The Autobiography of an Idea.Add to your cart.
Fraenkel, Michael.  Paris and New York: Carrefour, 1936.  (Holograph inscription: To/ Anne Harvey (?) from/ Michael Fraenkel)
Item 18: The Book of It, Psychoanalytic Letters to a Friend.Add to your cart.
Groddeck, Georg M. D.  London: The C.W. Daniel Company, 1935.  (Photographs of Groddeck pasted on black leaf)
Item 19: Historic Cyprus.Add to your cart.
Gunnis, Rupert.  London: Methuen and Company, Limited, 1947.
Item 20: Egypt, Painted and Described.Add to your cart.
Kelly, Talbot R.  2nd edition, revised.  London: A & C Black Limited, 1923.  (Signed by Durrell)
Item 21: The Modern Egyptians.Add to your cart.
Lane, E. W.  London: J.M. Dent and Sons Limited, 1908.  (Signed by Durrell)
Item 22: The Desert Gateway, Kiskra and Thereabouts.Add to your cart.
Leeder, S .H.  London: Edinburgh, and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons Limited, (n.d.).  (Signed by Durrell)
Item 23: Modern Sons of the Pharaohs.Add to your cart.
Leeder, S. H.  London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, (n.d.).
Item 24: Veiled Mysteries of Egypt, and the Religion of Islam.Add to your cart.
Leeder, S. H. London: Eveleigh Nash, 1915. (Signed by Durrell)
Item 25: Byzantium and Istanbul.Add to your cart.
Liddell, Robert. London: Jonathan Cape, 1956.  (Signed by Durrell)
Item 26: The Handbook of Cyprus.Add to your cart.
Luke, Harry Charles and Douglas James Jardine. (eds.)  8th  issue.  London: MacMillan and Company, Limited, 1920.
Item 27: The Moulids of Egypt.Add to your cart.
McPherson, J. W. Cairo: Ptd. N.M. Press, 1941.  (Holography inscription: with the author’s/ J.W. McPherson’s/ compliments
Item 28: Eastern Mediterranean Lands: Twenty Years of Life, Sport, Travel.Add to your cart.
Maesy, Colonel P. H. H.  London: George Routledte and Sons, Limited, 1928.  (Holograph inscription: N.F.B./ Feb. 1931/ L. Durrell/ Sommiers/ 1968)
Item 29: Money and How It Gets That Way.Add to your cart.
Miller, Henry. Paris: The Obelisk Press, 1938.
Item 30: Money and How It Gets That Way.Add to your cart.
Miller, Henry.  Paris: Booster Publications, (n.d.)  (Holograph inscription: Well Larry/ here it is, you see,/ no. 2 follows shortly/ Henry/ 10/38
Item 31: Henry Miller.Add to your cart.
Moore, Nicholas.  Wigginton, Herts: The Opus Press, 1943.  (Holograph inscription)
Item 32: The Experience of a Military Attache in the Balkans.Add to your cart.
Napier, Lt.-Col. The Honorable H. D.London: Dranes, (n.d.)
Item 33: Forty Years in Constantinople: The Recollections of Sir Edwin Pears, 1873-1915.  2nd  edition.Add to your cart.
Pears, Sir Edwin. London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1916.  (Signed:  Durrell/ 1969)
Item 34: Bromo Bombastes.Add to your cart.
Peeslake, Gaffer. London: The Caduceus Press, 1933.
Item 35: Impressions of Turkey During Twelve Years’ Wanderings.Add to your cart.
Ramsay, W. M.  London:  Hodder and Stoughton, 1897
Item 36: Spiritual Exercises: (To Cecil Day Lewis)Add to your cart.
Spender, Stephen. Privately printed, 1943.  (Holograph inscription:  To Lawrence Durrell/ and with greetings to/ his fellow poets (Bernard/ Spencer especially) in/ 1944 from/ Stephen and Natasha/ Spender).
Item 37: Oxygen Supply to the Human FetusAdd to your cart.
Walker, James and Alec C. Turnbull. (eds.). A Symposium organized jointly by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.  Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications Limited, 1959.
Item 38: Ragged Life in Egypt.Add to your cart.
Whately, M. L. London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1863.
Item 39: A Catalogue of Books from Bernard Stone, Two Authors Only: Lawrence Durrell and Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
No. 32, Summer, 1963.

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