Lawrence Durrell

Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India. He attended the Jesuit College at Darjeeling and St Edmund's School, Canterbury. His first literary work, The Black Book, appeared in Paris in 1938. His first collection of poems, A Private Country, was published in 1943, followed by the three Island books: Prospero's Cell, Reflections on a Marine Venus, about Rhodes, and Bitter Lemons, his account of life in Cyprus. Durrell's wartime sojourn in Egypt led to his masterpiece, The Alexandria Quartet, which he completed in southern France where he settled permanently in 1957. Between the Quartet and The Avignon Quintet he wrote the two-decker Tunc and Nunquam. His oeuvre includes plays, a book of criticism, translations, travel writing, and humorous stories about the diplomatic corps. Caesar's Vast Ghost, his reflections on the history and culture of Provence, including a late flowering of poems, appeared a few days before his death in Sommières in 1990.

Books by Lawrence Durrell

Provence, where Lawrence Durrell lived for thirty years, is the motif of this final work, published just before his death. It is a highly personal and unusual book, part travelogue ...

'I have been thinking about the girl I met last night in the mirror: dark on the marble-ivory white: glossy black hair: deep suspiring eyes in which one's glances sink ...

Lawrence Durrell's classic novel Monsieur is set in a dilapidated chateau near Avignon and focuses on a group of characters who have decided to remove themselves from the world ...

A guide to the landscape and manners of the island of Corfu.

'One of Lawrence Durrell's best books - indeed, in its gem-like miniature quality, among the best books ever ...

'How pleasant . . . to meet Mr Durrell, gloating over his enjoyment of a Greek island! His book is too various to be summarised: it expresses a poet's intoxication with landscape ...

Lawrence Durrell

In this new selection from the poetry of Lawrence Durrell (the first for thirty years), Peter Porter has drawn on the full range of the published work, from A Private ...

Lawrence Durrell was one of the bestselling, most celebrated English novelists of the late 20th century. The Alexandria Quartet is his most admired work, at heart a sensuous and brilliant ...

Rich in invention, psychological truth and sheer entertainment, the five short novels that comprise The Avignon Quintet form one of the key works of an undisputed modern master.

'Another constellation ...

The controversial third novel - banned for decades in the US and the UK - by one of the bestselling, most celebrated English novelists of the late 20th century, Lawrence Durrell.

The ...

This captivating Mediterranean novel was written by Lawrence Durrell immediately after finishing his exquisite vignette about Corfu, Prospero's Cell , and a decade before Justine . The story is set on ...

Lawrence Durrell

As every reader of Durrell knows, his writing is steeped in the living experience of the Mediterranean, and especially the islands of Greece. This captivating and highly unusual text, originally ...

Orhan Pamuk

The first novel to appear in English by Nobel Prize-winning Orhan Pamuk, originally published in 1990.

A young Italian scholar is captured by pirates in Italy and put up for ...

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