[ilds] Norman Douglas

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 06:41:37 PST 2008

Hi Marc,

Both Pamela Francis and I gave papers on the Cairo Poets during the 
Modernist Studies Association conference a week ago -- Keith Douglas is 
fresh on our minds!  Some very fine poetry indeed.  One of the standard 
readings is to see John Keats in the Quartet as inspired by Douglas.

Oddly, Canada seems unseasonably warm.  There's no snow in Edmonton, and 
Vancouver is cooling down but hasn't gone into the usual winter rains. 


ps: as per Wilde, "Pray don't talk about the weather, Mr. Worthing. 
Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite 
certain that they mean something else. And that makes me so nervous."

Marc Piel wrote:
> Hello,
> I don't know Norman Douglas, but have just had the 
> pleasure of reading Keith Douglas who participated 
> in three issues of "Personnal Landscape".
> Very cold north winds here "isoartic" according to 
> the papers (Have never seen that word before) and 
> we are in for a cold winter. Earliest snow in 50 
> years.
> Marc
> Denise Tart & David Green a écrit :
>> *Charles,*
>> ** 
>> *thanks for getting the list going again. I was beginning to wonder what 
>> had happened to you guys over there in the Northern Hemisphere. I am 
>> ploughing through the Durrell - Miller letters and can comment that 
>> there is an interesting shift in the relationship after Durrell becomes 
>> famous and Miller is becoming old.*
>> ** 
>> *I have also been checking out Norman Douglas. Durrell seems to have 
>> owed a lot to him through style, imitation and format. This is not a 
>> criticism; writers have mentors. Writers read. Norman Douglas's 
>> influences and style have quite a correlation. Interested in more on the 
>> Douglas/Durrell relationship.*
>> ** 
>> *Here in Sydney we have had plenty of the south wind but in this part of 
>> the world it is not the warm variety. The promise of an early summer has 
>> gone. *
>> ** 
>> *David Green*
>> ** 
>> *PS: true story - I teach a girl in year 8 who has read all of Gerald 
>> Durrell's book and several of Larry's. This is truly wonderful*
>> Denise Tart
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