[ilds] Durrell's Notebooks

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu May 31 09:01:21 PDT 2007

Does any scholar out there have plans to publish Durrell's many notebooks?  That would seem a very worthy enterprise, although finding a publisher undoubtedly difficult.


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>From: Durrell School of Corfu <durrells at otenet.gr>
>Sent: May 30, 2007 11:05 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] "many fictions"/"many negatives"
>"It must be made clear that these are not 'characters': a character is an 
>integer in a temporal series: whereas these are personalities embodied by 
>reminiscence: the biological structure of a continuum. Space is my concern, 
>not matter: so these men and women are not substance but the figment of 
>substance seen in a mirror: I judge them not as man but as part of the 
>scenery". LD, Corfu, 1938, in a notebook for 'The English Book of the Dead'.
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>To: <gifford at uvic.ca>; <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:07 AM
>Subject: Re: [ilds] "many fictions"/"many negatives"
>> Jamie, yes, that especially includes Blake and Shakespeare.  I'm beginning 
>> to think all of Durrell's characters are fictional, even the ones based on 
>> "real" people.  He did what Charles talked about earlier today -- he took 
>> "spare parts" of things and reassembled them to his own choosing.  I 
>> include people here.  Not at all surprising, most writers probably do 
>> this.  That's a great quote Charles found from the Ingersoll book of 
>> collected conversations, where Durrell says, "I'm a spare parts man" 
>> (Lawrence Durrell:  Conversations, 1998, p. 100).  Thanks for trying to 
>> dig up my "many fictions of ourselves," but my memory failed me again.  I 
>> actually had in mind, "I now move / Through the many negatives to what I 
>> am" ("Alexandria," ll. 8-9).  "Negatives" could mean feminine "negative 
>> selves," maybe in the sense of Jungian animae, but I also take it to mean 
>> "photographic negatives," alternate selves.  Interesting how the two 
>> meanings complement one another.
>> Bruce

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