[ilds] wine, writers and work

durrell at bigpond.com durrell at bigpond.com
Tue Apr 29 21:03:25 PDT 2008

Dear Carrie....i noted your email on the dils list server....thanks for the injection of sincerity and for raising the epfs artwork which i am very interested in seeing....i wonder if you collated a copy of the drawings and paintings before the dysphoric handover?....a sample of this LD artwork collection would provide a great centrepiece for our upcoming Australian Durrell Society meeting this Nov08....perhaps you may be interested in sharing some of those 25yrs of memories of LD's antics and habits with the ADS which is far more experiential and pragmatic then the dils ennui....best wishes Anthony Durrell.....sydney,australia
---- Carrie <carrie.t at virgin.net> wrote: 
> I recently joined the ILDS mailing list, and immediately realized I  
> had made a mistake, not being a scholarly sort myself.  I am drowning  
> in all that I read, trying to find the Lawrence Durrell I knew for 25  
> years.  I had, in the first instance, been hoping to know more about  
> Larry's work of course, but I hadn't realized that the contributions  
> were to be an exercise in carefully combing through the minutiae of  
> every word.  This isn't a criticism, rather an observation.  I  
> wouldn't be up to the standards necessary to engage in your literary  
> forum, and I guess by now you are all relieved to know that.
> However, I would like to say that David Green's contribution is one  
> ILDS mailing list offering that I feel Larry would have enjoyed.  I  
> think Larry would say that David Green has hit the nail on its head.   
> Larry was not Gerry, he did like a simple life, complete with the few  
> luxuries he enjoyed.  I'm not being hard on Gerry, but he did not  
> embrace the simple life, anything but.
> My connection with Larry is my mother, Shirley, who married Larry's  
> good friend, and archivist, my stepfather Alan Thomas.  It was through  
> my mother and Alan that I got to know and spend time with Larry.  It  
> was an uncomplicated relationship, which set it apart from most of  
> Larry's relationships, especially with women.  Larry, as DG suggests,  
> loved women, but I think it's fair to say he was hard on them, with  
> few exceptions.  Claude was Larry's soul mate, had she not died  
> prematurely they would almost certainly have stayed together.  Larry  
> would appreciate DG's apt perception, though he might not entirely  
> agree.
> I also wondered what, if anything, any of you thought of Larry's  
> artwork.  I refer to his paintings and drawings, which were exhibited  
> under his pseudonym Oscar Epps.  Larry loved to paint, and I was  
> concerned when presenting the L Durrell archives to the British  
> Library that they were surprised to receive Larry's paintings, having  
> not realized that he was an artist as well as an author.  I felt quite  
> sad after handing the portfolio over wondering how these paintings  
> would be treated in terms of access by interested readers/scholars.  I  
> felt there was a lack of interest to the extent that their disinterest  
> was apparent.  Quite sad really!
> Carrie
> On 29 Apr 2008, at 07:57, Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
> > Charles is being very kind when he says Durrell had an "eloquent  
> > gift for elaboration."  Not for nothing did he make a very good  
> > press officer, a spinmeister.
> >
> > It says on the back of my Durrell Biography that "wine and sun  
> > inspired him" - and perhaps women too, amonst other interests.  
> > Writing may have served these interests, rather than the other way  
> > around, in which case elaborating and spinning out a theme over 4  
> > volumes instead of one pays for a lot of drinks, time in the sun and  
> > holidays with convivial wenches - as well as more erudite  
> > activities. I have come across several references in Durrell's own  
> > words to his pragmatism towards his writing. Durrell was raised as a  
> > colonial gentlemen. To live even vaguely like that - and we know  
> > that on one level Durrell embraced the 'simple life' - one needs  
> > money!
> >
> > DG
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Denise Tart
> > Civil Celebrant - A8807
> > 16 William Street
> > Marrickville NSW  2204
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> > 0412 707 625
> > dtart at bigpond.net.au
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