[ilds] Locating a Lawrence Durrell Quotation

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Tue Oct 2 12:53:33 PDT 2007

>   Selina Lai wrote:
> <  >>     I am searching for the biblio source of a 
> <  >>     quote by Lawrence Durrell: "the sense of truth no matter how 
> <  >>     subjective is necessary for the experience of beauty." 

        On 10/2/2007 2:29 PM, richardpin at eircom.net wrote:
>         I suspect that this quotation is not directly from LD 

I agree with your skepticism, Richard.  I really wonder about the 
provenance.  Where for example, did Selina Lai originally discover this 
statement?  I note here that the attributed quote makes appearances on a 
number of blogs, mySpace pages, &c.  Does anyone have a notion of 
possible point of origin from which the quote was likely copied and 
pasted?  Is it authentic Durrell?  Or a "ghost"?

Again, I will be happy to learn the truth, whatever the case.  But I 
would ask, What really is worth recalling about this statement /as a 
statement made by Lawrence Durrell/?  Or, phrased differently: What 
makes this utterance sound Durrellian, if it does?

Another thought: Perhaps within its original context the sentence 
carried more resonance.


Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu

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