[ilds] RG Justine 3.1 Pursewarden and King Lear

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Wed May 30 09:00:58 PDT 2007

I forget in which volume or when, but at one point Durrell gave an 
instruction to Faber that all references to Keats should be altered to 
Laforgue.  So much for French symbolism.


On Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at 04:48  pm, slighcl wrote:

> On 5/30/2007 11:29 AM, James Gifford wrote:
> I think this may be justifiably called a trend.  The references to 
> Blake in
> _Balthazar_ were initially to Keats, yet having a character by the 
> same name
> was apparently too confusing to manage.  My hunch, given Durrell's
> frequently plays on Shax (ahem...), is that the MacBeth reference was 
> just
> too obvious, so some fiddling was necessary.  I'd argue that any 
> reference
> to Shakespeare (in particular) is a reference to the oeuvre in general,
> which may or may not specifically align with the play mentioned or 
> alluded
> to.  Of course, just what Shax meant for Durrell I can't say, but I can
> imagine far more than one erudite article on the topic...  I'm 
> dabbling on
> some things for _Prospero's Cell_, but nothing I plan to really get 
> into any
> time soon.
> Thanks, Jamie, and good to hear from you in your travels.  
> Bill--Darley tells us that "a brilliant yellow patch on the dune 
> showed up the cover of a pocket King Lear" (3.1).  You are a 
> bibliographer and a collector.  Does that "yellow patch" spring from 
> anything other than Durrell's imagination?  What pocket edition in 
> yellow boards or covers could Darley/Durrell be recalling? 
> "Beloved Elizas"!  Alan G. Thomas would tell us how much it cost to 
> post this to LD if we could still catch him.
> I have just been listening to a wonderful interview that Durrell did 
> with the CBC (1968) in which he declares that he is "a spare parts 
> man"--taking bits and pieces from reality and remaking them as his 
> own.  (For a transcript, see Ingersoll 100.) 
> Charles
> -- 
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> Wake Forest University
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