[ilds] RG Justine -- Xenophon's influence ends

MICHAEL HAAG michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Wed Jun 13 17:37:21 PDT 2007

Perhaps it would make an interesting project to identify those parts of Durrell's books that Durrell himself wrote.  

Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net> wrote:
    body{font-family: Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:9pt;background-color: #ffffff;color: black;}    Petronius's Satyricon?  The passage has a Felliniesque quality, which does suggest a cento.  Fellini's Satyricon appears in 1969, however.  I'd say Durrell has more than one source in mind.  The images are not particular, rather generic, so here I'd say, as Charles perhaps would, that he have a borrowing of "tone" or atmosphere.


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From: william godshalk 
Sent: Jun 9, 2007 2:24 PM 
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Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine -- Xenophon's influence ends 

Xenophon's influence on Justine -- or Warner's influence through Xenophon -- seems to begin near the bottom of page 177 and end after the first full paragraph on page 179. In other words, we are not talking about a great deal of material.

But the next paragraph  - - "With a column on the march memory becomes an industry . . . . . . . as one might open a major artery" (pp. 179-180) -- seems also to draw on Classical material, e.g. Games, Heracles, symposium, white doves with clipped wings, banqueting-table, Harpmaster, leather phallus. 

Of course this could be a Durrellian cento, but it may be from one source. 

What do you think?

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