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Collection RC0696 - Lawrence Durrell collection

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Lawrence Durrell collection

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RC0696

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  • 1944-1976 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records

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Durrell, Lawrence (1912-1990)

Biographical history

Lawrence Durrell, novelist and poet, was born on 12 February 1912 in Julundur, India, the son of Lawrence Samuel Durrell, a British civil engineer. He was educated at the College of St. Joseph, Darjeeling, and St. Edmund's College in Canterbury. In 1939 under the auspices of the British Council, he taught at the British Institute in Athens. He became Foreign Press Service Officer at the British Information Office in Cairo in 1941 and press attaché with the same office in 1944. Through his contacts in the diplomatic service during the war, Durrell met Dudley and Mary Honor. His most well known work, The Alexandria Quartet, was started shortly after the war and published from 1957 to 1960. Durrell died on 7 November 1990 in Sommieres, France.

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The collection (40-1992) consists of letters to Dudley and Mary Honor ("Duddles and Boo") as well as one letter to Henry Miller, and typescripts. The collection was supplemented by two inscribed books by Durrell which have been catalogued. See also Mary Honor, "Larry--Our Friend," Library Research News n.s. 3, no. 2 (Fall 1993): 1-2.

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Collection was purchased from Mary Honor in 1992.

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