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Lawrence Durrell personal papers

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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 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 5: correspondence from Fred Frick, 3 letters, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: correspondence from John Gawsworth, 4 letters, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: correspondence from Hoki Tokuda MillerAdd to your cart.
26 letters, 2 photographs
Folder 8: correspondence from Ray MorrisonAdd to your cart.
2 letters, 1980, 1981
Folder 9: correspondence from Anais NinAdd to your cart.
14 letters, 1970-1977
Folder 10: material from Anais NinAdd to your cart.
cassette, book announcements, copies of “Under the Sign of Pisces”
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: inventory  of correspondence between Durrell and Diana Gould Menuhin, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: partial transcripts of letters from Diana Gould Menuhin to DurrellAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: correspondence from Diana Gould MenuhinAdd to your cart.
5 postcards and 13 letters 1963-1965
Folder 4: correspondence from Diana Gould MenuhinAdd to your cart.
1 postcard and 13 letters 1966-1972
Folder 5: correspondence from Diana Gould MenuhinAdd to your cart.
1 postcard and 11 letters 1973-1977
Folder 6: correspondence from Diana Gould MenuhinAdd to your cart.
7 letters, no dates
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: correspondence from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
1957-1963, 12 postcards and 19 letters
Folder 2: correspondence from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
1964-1966, 12 postcards and 17 letters
Folder 3: correspondence from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
1967-1969, 8 postcards and 19 letters
Folder 4: correspondence from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
1970-1972, 25 letters
Folder 5: correspondence from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
1973-1974, 1 postcard and 18 letters
Folder 6: correspondence from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
1975-1977, 1 postcard and 16 letters
Folder 7: correspondence from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
1978-1980, 14 letters and 7 photographs of Henry Miller’s watercolors
Folder 8: miscellaneous ephemera material from Henry MillerAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: correspondence between Henry Miller and othersAdd to your cart.

4 letters to Braissai, 1 letter from Braissai 1975, 1976

letter from Raul Victor Palaez 1969

letter from O. White 1968

Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: correspondence from Alan Thomas, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
4 postcards and 26 letters
Folder 2: correspondence from Alan Thomas, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
3 postcards and 25 letters
Folder 3: correspondence from Alan Thomas, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
25 letters
Folder 4: correspondence from Alan Thomas, 1973-1980Add to your cart.
3 postcards and 14 letters and TMs "Recollections of a Durrell Collector" by Alan Thomas
Folder 5: correspondence from Brenda VenusAdd to your cart.
7 letters and 1 card, 1979-1980
Folder 6: "From Henry with Love", 1982Add to your cart.
California magazine sent by Brenda Venus for article "From Henry with Love" 1982
Folder 7: correspondence from Susan WinterAdd to your cart.
17 letters, 2 photographs, and 5 poems, 1980-1981
Folder 8: miscellaneous correspondence to Lawrence DurrellAdd to your cart.

letter from Kurt Unger, 1963

letter from Tom Moore 1964

letter from Yves Brainville 1964

letter from O. White, 1968

letter from Gerald Robitaille, 1968

letter from Raul Victor Pelaez, 1969

postcard from Dain, 1969

2 letters from Bob Snyder 1971

letter from Lawrence Powell 1972

letter from Juliet [O'Hea] 1972

Christmas card 1974

Letter from Alan Williams, with memo from Jacqueline B. Onassis, 1976

letter from Harry Moore 1977

letter from Anthea Morton-Saner 1979

letter from Michael Hargrave 1979

letter from G. Monnot, 1981

letter and brochure from Thomas Frick, 1983

letter from Rochelle Stevens, 1983

2 letters from Hugh Stoddart, 1983, 1985

letter from Dylan Thomas

letter from Dina Wigmore

letter from D[ominique] A[ury]

AL incomplete, unidentified, undated, 4 p.

Folder 9: miscellaneous correspondence from DurrellAdd to your cart.

memorandum to Kurt Unger, Carlo Ponti, Sir Carol Reed, Basilio Franchina, 1963

letter to Sir Carol Reed, 1963

letter to Miss Episcopo, 1963

letter to Kurt Unger, 1964

letter to Joe, about Henry Miller's death

letter to Dominique Aury

Folder 10: correspondence from Henry Miller to Brenda Venus, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence from Henry Miller to Brenda Venus, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence from Henry Miller to Brenda Venus, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence from Henry Miller to Brenda Venus, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Henry Miller work inspired by Brenda VenusAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence from Henry Miller to others about Brenda VenusAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: TMs "Preface" to Henry Miller -- Brenda Venus letters by Lawrence DurrellAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: TMs dedication and preface to Henry Miller by Brenda VenusAdd to your cart.

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