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Lawrence Durrell personal papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Notebooks

Manuscripts

Correspondence

Personal and Source Material

Material by others sent to Durrell


Lawrence Durrell personal papers, 1970-1990 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Lawrence Durrell personal papers, 1970-1990Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 163

Primary Creator: Durrell, Lawrence.

Extent: 22.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection has been divided into 5 series: (1) Notebooks, (2) Manuscripts, (3) Correspondence, (4) Personal and source material, (5) Material by others sent to Durrell.

Date Acquired: 05/00/1990

Subjects: Durrell, Lawrence, Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Durrell, Lawrence - Correspondence, Durrell, Lawrence - Manuscripts, Manuscripts for publication., Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Correspondence, Venus, Brenda - Correspondence

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection was acquired as a chronological continuation of collection 42, the Lawrence Durrell papers, 1935-1970.  It also contains material before 1970, such as notebooks, including the one kept by Durrell and Henry Miller during their 1939 trip to Greece, manuscripts, and personal material.  543 books and periodicals from Durrell's personal library are also included in the collection.

Correspondence included in this collection is primarily from the years 1970-1990, although some dates earlier.   Included in the correspondence series are all of Henry Miller's letters to Brenda Venus (1976-1980).

The typescripts are fragmented, with the occasional notebook and photocopies of Durrell's works published between 1970-1992, as well as magazine and newspaper articles written by Durrell between 1947-1978. The collection also includes his notes as a visiting lecturer at Cal-Tech in 1973 and news clippings about Durrell and his work, as well as material sent by others to Durrell.

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
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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 maintains literary rights.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Acquisition Method: This material was purchased in May of 1990 from the London book dealer Anthony Rota.

Related Materials: Lawrence Durrell papers (MSS 042); Lawrence Durrell library (see website) For more information please see http://www.librarything.com/profile/LawrenceDurrell.

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


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[Series 1: Notebooks],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Personal and Source Material],
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Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2: TMs, with correctionsAdd to your cart.
Schema and notes for a series of thrice weekly lectures at Caltech Pasadena a visiting Mellon Professor of English, Winter Term 1974, 66 pages
Folder 3: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version1 -- a reworking of "Judith" with changes p. 1-81
Folder 4: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 1 -- a reworking of "Judith" with changes p.82-143
Folder 5: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 1 -- a reworking of "Judith" with changes p. 144-212
Folder 6: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 1 -- a reworking of "Judith" with changes p. 213-285
Folder 7: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 with corrections p. i-113
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 with corrections p. 114-202
Folder 2: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 with corrections p. 203-300
Folder 3: TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 with corrections p. 301-423
Folder 4: carbon of TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 p. i-113
Folder 5: carbon of TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 p. 114-237
Folder 6: carbon of TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 p. 238-338
Folder 7: carbon of TMs "Double Scenario"Add to your cart.
version 2 p. 339-423
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: TMs "The Placebo: part of a longer novel to be entitled An Attic Comedy"Add to your cart.
p. 1-112 (a combination of characters and situations which were to have appeared in "The Village of the Turtle-doves" and which were later to appear in Tunc and Nunquam, with different exposition and emphasis)
Folder 2: TMs "The Placebo: part of a longer novel to be entitled An Attic Comedy"Add to your cart.
p.135-236
Folder 3: notebookAdd to your cart.
"Not Before the Ladies being some extracts from the private repertoire of Joshua Scobie Esq. Late Merchant Navy of Tatwig St. Alexandria Egypt"
Folder 4: Bound TMs "Premature Epitaphs and all"Add to your cart.
Bound TMs "Premature Epitaphs and all" by L.D. Alexandria 1944; and book advertisements
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AMs "Preface to the Folio Society Edition of Etruscan Places by DH Lawrence"Add to your cart.
AMs "Preface to the Folio Society Edition of Etruscan Places by DH Lawrence", 4p.
Folder 2: TMs "Preface" of E.M. Forster's AlexandriaAdd to your cart.
TMs "Preface" of E.M. Forster's Alexandria, 3p. 1p.
Folder 3: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs "Corfu and the Ionian Islands"
Folder 4: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "Cythera-Anticythera" 6p.
Folder 5: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "The Big Island – Crete" 34p.
Folder 6: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "Rhodes" 21p.
Folder 7: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "Smaller Fry like Castelrizzo Casos Carpathos Nisyros" 17p.
Folder 8: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "Samos Chios" 23p.
Folder 9: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "Skiathos Skopelos Skyros" 9p.
Folder 10: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "Naxos and Paros" 14p.
Folder 11: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "The Central Cyclades" 22p.
Folder 12: The Greek IslandsAdd to your cart.
TMs The Greek Islands "The Home Group - Salamis Aegina Poros Hydra" 10p.
Folder 13: "Down the Styx in an air-conditioned canoe"Add to your cart.
"Down the Styx in an air-conditioned canoe", 4p.
Folder 14: PoemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Mss Essay on Cyprus, 5p.Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notebook - Sappho The Tenth MuseAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: TMs - "Sappho de Lawrence Durrell"Add to your cart.
TMs - "Sappho de Lawrence Durrell" Adaptation: Yves Brainville, corrected, 203p.
Folder 3: TMs - "Sappho de Lawrence Durrell"Add to your cart.
TMs - "Sappho de Lawrence Durrell" Adaptation: Yves Brainville 164p.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Journal 1938 - "Jupiter in all his phases"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: TMs Monsieur -- correctedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: TMs Monsieur -- corrected p.1-53Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Author's proof copy of Monsieur or The Prince of DarknessAdd to your cart.
Author's proof copy of Monsieur or The Prince of Darkness, Faber and Faber, London, 1974, corrected, 295p.
Folder 5: Author's proof copy of Monsieur or The Prince of DarknessAdd to your cart.
Author's proof copy of Monsieur or The Prince of Darkness, no corrections, 295p.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: MonsieurAdd to your cart.
TMs Monsieur Chapter 1, corrected, 69p.
Folder 2: MonsieurAdd to your cart.
TMs Monsieur Chapter 2, corrected, 74p.
Folder 3: MonsieurAdd to your cart.
TMs Monsieur Chapter 1, corrected, p. 1-89
Folder 4: MonsieurAdd to your cart.
TMs Monsieur Chapter 2 "Macabru", corrected, p.90-177
Folder 5: MonsieurAdd to your cart.
TMs Monsieur Chapter 3 "Sutcliffe, the Venetian Documents", corrected, p.178-235
Folder 6: MonsieurAdd to your cart.
TMs Monsieur Chapter 4 "Life with Toby", corrected, p. 236-275
Folder 7: MonsieurAdd to your cart.
TMs Monsieur Chapter 5 "Dinner at Quartila's", corrected, p.276-284
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Caesar's Vast GhostAdd to your cart.
TMs Caesar's Vast Ghost, with corrections, p.1-111
Folder 2: Caesar's Vast GhostAdd to your cart.
TMs Caesar's Vast Ghost, with corrections, p. 112-248
Folder 3: "Judith Palestine", 1947Add to your cart.
TMs "Judith Palestine 194" p. 1-26 and p. 1-169
Folder 4: "A Smile in the Mind's Eye"Add to your cart.
TMs "A Smile in the Mind's Eye" earlier titled "Tao and the Loon"
Folder 5: "Justine"Add to your cart.
TD "Justine" credits, 2 p. and plot synopsis for movie, 4p.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Bitter Lemons"Add to your cart.
TMs "Bitter Lemons" based on Durrell's book, screenplay by Hugh Stoddart, 118p.
Folder 2: "Bitter Lemons"Add to your cart.
TMs "Bitter Lemon" based on Durrell's book, screenplay by Hugh Stoddart, 159p.
Folder 3: "Livia or Buried Alive"Add to your cart.
TMs "Livia or Buried Alive" with AMs additions, 95p.
Folder 4: "Livia or Buried Alive"Add to your cart.
TMs "Livia or Buried Alive" with corrections, 95p.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Galley proofs for "Red Limbo Lingo", 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: TMs "Sicilian Carousel", corrected, 137p.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: TMs and AMs "Sicilian Carousel" , 137p.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: PoemsAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: French articlesAdd to your cart.

Coeurs nuefs

Les Petites Filles de Venus

Pour Mieux Voir La Vie en Rose Il Faut de Temps en Temps Broyer du Noir

Laure

Folder 2: Articles dating, 1947-1963Add to your cart.

"The Island of the Rose", The Geographical Magazine, Oct 1947

"Letter in the Sofa", Evening Standard, Nov 22, 1957

"The Rhone", Holiday Magazine, Jan 1960

"The Moonlight of your Smile," King's School Review, Mar 21, 1960

"No Clue to Living", The Times Literary Supplement, May 27, 1960

"Mr. Ought and Mrs. Should", 1960

"Two Poems," Encounter, Sept 1961

"High Barbary", Mademoiselle, Sept 1961

"A Modern Troubadour," 1963

"The Gascon Touch," Holiday Magazine, Jan 1963

Folder 3: Articles dating, 1965-1978Add to your cart.

"The Other T.S. Eliot", Atlantic Monthly, May 1965

"Persuasions Corfu", Harper's Bazaar, May 1966

"The Little Affair in Paris," Saturday Evening Post, June 4, 1966

"The Little Affair in Paris," Town, Aug 1966

"Return to Corfu," Holiday Magazine, Oct 1966

"Letters of Laurence Durrell," The Paris Magazine, Oct 1967

"Tunc Nova," March 1968

"Brassai," July 16, 1968

"Justine," Holiday Magazine, Apr 1969

"Troubadour Man in Expository Mode," 1970

"Corking Evening," Playboy, 1970

"Cyprus: Still Bitterness in the Lemons," The Times, Apr 29, 1970

Book Review of Henry Miller's Eighty Years of Misspent Youth, Life, Feb 11, 1972

"The Plant-Magic Man," International Herald Tribune, July 19, 1972

Review of C.P. Cavafy, The New York Times Book Review, Jan 21, 1973

"The Return of the Writer's friend," The Sunday Times Magazine, May 14, 1978

Folder 4: Articles, undatedAdd to your cart.

"Owed to America," Holiday Magazine, Aug

"Wolf-at-bay Soup"

"I wish one could be more like the bird"

"Geneva," Holiday Magazine, January

"In Praise of Fanatics", Holiday Magazine, August


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