[ilds] THE BIOGRAPHY OF PLACE

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed May 30 20:34:54 PDT 2007


Charles, I can think of one recent book of Alexandria that fails to mentions Durrell -- Andre Aciman's Out of Egypt (1994).  We have allusions to Proust and Cavafy, but no Durrell.  I took the deletion as a deliberate slight.

Bruce

-----Original Message-----
>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>Sent: May 30, 2007 7:59 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: [ilds] THE BIOGRAPHY OF PLACE
>
>
>No biography of London would be complete without several references to 
>Dickens in the index, nor would a biography of Alexandria be complete 
>without mentioning Lawrence Durrell.
>
>So am I trying to say that biographies of place should be written by 
>novelists? No, I would not dream of supporting such a heresy in this 
>company. But I would suggest that this sort of biography requires some 
>of the skills of a novelist. It requires a touch that is not too 
>obsessed with accuracy, and not afraid to impose a creative imagination 
>on the tangible and factual. As Plotinus once remarked, 'to any vision 
>must be brought an eye adapted to what is to be seen.'
>
>**********************
>Charles L. Sligh
>Department of English
>Wake Forest University
>slighcl at wfu.edu
>**********************
>



More information about the ILDS mailing list