[ilds] One-Volume Alexandria Quartet

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 09:01:49 PDT 2008

Hi Phillip,

I think you can treat the /Dutton/ one volume as quite a find!  Bruce 
and Charles appear to be the only ones among us with copies...  I think 
it's identical to the Faber omnibus edition, except the front pages are 
reversed.  Bruce?  Charles?

As for who to talk to about the changes, Charles did the pioneering work 
on that.  Beatrice Skodili has discussed them as well, in her recent 
dissertation, though her interests were not bibliographical.

There was some discussion of the matter on the list under the Justine 
Reading Group heading (see the archives with the [RG] markings):


Alas, I'm afraid a bibliographical comparison of the editions in full 
does not yet exist in print.  In general, the changes are fairly 
significant, but they're spread around throughout the books.  My 
favourite to point out, perhaps mainly because I teach /Justine/, is the 
ending of the novel, the last sentence, the asterisk, and the moved 
objects in the preceding paragraph, etc...

The changes from the proofs through to the first edition, its various 
corrections, and then the omnibus are quite fascinating.  My tendency is 
to read them as emphasizing the thematic as well as the aesthetic aims 
of the book.


Philip Walsh wrote:
> Some while ago, I picked up a copy of the Dutton one-volume Quartet, but 
> I only looked at it recently.
> In an author's note, Durrell speaks of using the republication to make 
> some changes and speaks of removing sections from the novels and adding 
> some.  Can anyone tell me just how extensive the changes are?  Which 
> sections are cut, and which added?
> Thanks for any information.
> Philip Walsh
> Ottawa, Canada
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