[ilds] One-Volume Alexandria Quartet

william godshalk godshawl at email.uc.edu
Fri Apr 25 11:03:21 PDT 2008

I may not appear to be a person who has a Dutton one volume Quartet 
-- but I do. A Faber (signed by Larry in 1986), too.


At 12:01 PM 4/25/2008, you wrote:
>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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