[ilds] Durrell and Eagleton

Durrell School of Corfu durrells at otenet.gr
Mon May 28 21:04:15 PDT 2007

'Dr' Anthony Durrell does claim to be an academic - he stated when he was 
self-abusing himself here that he taught at Wollongong Univ. But he is not 
listed among the staff there.
I've already dealt with Eagleton at DSC. BTW, we don't call them 
'conferences' - seminars is what we do.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 4:13 AM
Subject: [ilds] Durrell and Eagleton

> Charles, thanks for making available Terry Eagleton's highly negative 
> review of MacNiven's biography, which Eagleton apparently never read, 
> given the misinformation in it.  But that's a minor detail.  If I'm not 
> mistaken, wasn't Eagleton one of the principal speakers at the Durrell 
> conference on Corfu a few years back?  If so, why?  In the interest of 
> balance and diversity?  Or just because he was a Big Fish happy to find a 
> little pond.  If an enemy of Durrell was honored, why not a non-academic 
> such as Dr. Anthony Durrell?
> Bruce
> Eagleton on Durrell:
>>As a textbook bohemian, Durrell knocked around Paris with Henry Miller and 
>>Anais Nin, and loafed about London with Dylan Thomas and a few stray 
>>surrealists, while describing his own artistic tendency as "Durrealist". 
>>Loftily contemptuous at first oft S Eliot, he changed his opinion of him 
>>overnight when Eliot, then editor at Faber, published one of his novels. 
>>He ended up as a bored, taxevading semi-recluse, dying in London in 1990 
>>just as he was about to launch yet another marriage. Samuel Johnson's 
>>comment on such marital ventures - "the triumph of hope over experience" - 
>>has rarely been more apt.
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