[ilds] Durrell and Atkinson

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sat Jun 2 17:29:26 PDT 2007


Is the pre-cuts MS of Marine Venus lying around anywhere?  Any idea, 
James, of the precise nature of the cuts?

:Michael


On Sunday, June 3, 2007, at 01:23  am, James Gifford wrote:

> Charles notes:
>
>> I am recalling the evocative description of
>> how in the Alexandrian Postscript to
>> Prospero's Cell L recalls how he and N
>> "destroyed" the books and notebooks before
>> abandoning the house.
>
> Alas, it's another famous Durrell lie (I think), much like finding 
> Henry
> Miller's _Tropic of Cancer_ in a public toilet (it was actually given 
> to
> him) or _The Black Book_ being his first book rather than his third...
> Durrell tells how the White House was blasted apart by German bombs, 
> as was
> the Shrine of Saint Arsenius (if I recall correctly) in his "A Landmark
> Gone," neither of which is true, even though it makes for a more 
> poetical
> story.  I think Durrell was keen for his audience to appreciate some 
> of the
> trauma of the war, much like he apparently had intended for 
> _Reflections on
> a Marine Venus_ before the infamous cuts.
>
> --James
>
>
> Durrell, Lawrence "A Landmark Gone." Middle East Anthology. Eds. John 
> Waller
> and Erik de Mauny. London: Lindsay Drummond, Ltd., 1946. 19-21.
>
>
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