[ilds] RG Justine 1.10 variants

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sun Apr 29 21:14:23 PDT 2007

It is certainly true that the Faber one-volume Alexandria Quartet of 
1962 was more than a correction of errors.  It was a revision.  It was 
Durrell's first chance to look back at the whole and to make 
adjustments, clarifications, tie up loose ends, etc.  The motivation 
was to make the conception as one and as seamless as possible, with 
hindsight.  I am quite happy with it.  And I am quite happy with the 
first edition, first impression of the Faber Justine.  And I am quite 
happy with the fourth impression of the first edition of the Faber 
Justine, where apart from correcting obvious mistakes and printer's 
errors, Durrell begins the process he completes in the 1962 omnibus 
edition of burying his early tracks.  Each one is of its moment.  And 
in fact I admire Durrell more for discovering how he works, how he 
feels his way and improvises and arrives at something brilliant or 
so-so as the case may be.

What I am not happy with is the imputation of ambiguity where there is 



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