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Lawrence Durrell personal papers


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Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

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Personal and Source Material

Material by others sent to Durrell

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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

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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Notebooks],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Personal and Source Material],
[Series 5: Material by others sent to Durrell],

Series 4: Personal and Source MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: HoroscopesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: material concerning the Tibetan Temple in FranceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: passportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Christmas cards from Durrell with poem “Faustus”Add to your cart.
Folder 5: news clippingsAdd to your cart.

Kechichian, Patrick. "La Sombre Diestinee de Jules Laforgue." Le Monde,  August 28, 1987

Attard, Francis. Le Mystere de Rennes-le-Chateau: Triangle Magique pour le Tresor du Roi Salomon. July, 26, 1981

Attard, Francis. Le Mystere de Rennes-le-Chateau:  La Diable Est Partout, le Tresor Nulle Part.

Folder 6: articles about Durrell, 1960-1965Add to your cart.

Lawrence Durrell vous Parle, Realities, 1960

Zing, David Drew, "Art and Life", Show, May 1960

La correspondance Durrell-Henry Miller, Le Figaro Litteraire, Sep 28, 1963

Interview mit dem Irishen Faust, Mittwoch, Dec 18, 1963

Temple, F.J. and Robert Allan, Lawrence Durrell cinq ans apres, Reflets Mediterraneens, June/July 1965

Folder 7: Articles about daughter, Penelope Durrell, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Articles about Durrell, 1966-1969Add to your cart.

Lacote, Rene, Anna Akhmatova Lawrence Durrell, Les Lettres Francaises, June 1966

Alyn, Marc, Lawrence Alexandrie, Le Figaro Litteraire, June 23, 1966

Couffon, Claude, Lawrence Durrell et la poesie, Les Lettres Francaises, June 1966

Le Clech, Guy, Lawrence Alexandrie est devenu Durrell du Languedoc, Figero Litteraire, Feb 1968

Lucas, Gerald, Le Quatuor d'Alexandrie, Tribune de Lausanne, Feb 25, 1969

Monteaux, Jean, Lawrence Durrell, Elle, May 19, 1969

Review of Spirit of Place, Publishers Weekly, Apr 21, 1969

Rolin, Gabrielle, Lawrence Durrell, Realities, Sept 1969

Folder 9: Articles and Reviews about Tunc, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Articles and Reviews about Justine the movie, 1969Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles about Durrell, 1970-1971Add to your cart.

The Times Literary Supplement, Sep 4, 11, and 18, 1970

Mazars, Pierre, Epfs s'efface devant Durrell, Le Figaro Litteraire, Nov 15, 1970

Freire, Carlos, Lawrence Durrell, Manchete, Jan 30, 1971

Folder 2: Articles and Reviews about Nunquam, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles and Reviews about Sappho, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Articles and Reviews about Pope Joan, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles about Durrell, 1972-1974Add to your cart.

Teufelspakt in Alexandria, Rheinische Post, Feb 24, 1972

Dunois, Michel and Anne Mason, Lawrence Durrell le plus meridional des Irlandis, L'aurore, Mar 26, 1972

Diehl, Digby, Tenderizer at tough-minded Cal-Tech, Los Angeles Times, Feb 12, 1974

Stiles, Richard, A Literary Leprechaun's Semantic Disturbances, Star-News Panorama, Mar 3, 1974

Besson, Ferny, Entretiens:  Lawrence Durrell, Echo de la Bourse, Sep 13, 1974

Bernhart, Philippe, Comment Lawrence Durrell a retrouve son sosie espion, L'Aurore, Nov 8, 1974

Hordequin, Paul, Lawrence Durrell: vive L'epfsistentialisme, le Quotidien de Paris, Nov 14, 1974

Marder, Irving, Durrell, Epfs: of a piece and peace, International Herald Tribune, Dec 9, 1974

Folder 6: Articles and Reviews about Monsieur, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Articles about Durrell, 1978Add to your cart.

Autumn of Fiction II  Livia or Buried Alive, The Times, Jan 21, 1978

Lawrence Durrell: les vies que j'ai vecues Les Nouvelles Litteraires, Apr 6, 1978

Suicide and Epfs, New Fiction, Apr 1978

Alexandria and After: Lawrence Durrell in Egypt, The Listener, Apr 1978

Lehmann, John, The Enchanted Isles, Sunday Telegraph, Sept 3, 1978

Folder 8: Articles about Durrell, undatedAdd to your cart.

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