[ilds] turn them into literature

Truebner, Christine Christine.Truebner.Amt51 at stadt-frankfurt.de
Fri Dec 5 03:57:27 PST 2008

Hi charles, 
I find it lovely - apart from cheating youngsters papers on your markind
desk - once love croby, stills nash and young, never knew they loved durells
writing: I loved it when sawing oneself confronted with 
thruth especially about third world germans-shame on them, i feel. Thanky to
guys like durell for open true words - sometimes hard to believe what one
starts imagening whilst reading durell. Did u read his last story, can't
remember now the titel before his death?
A fascinated durell-loving woman,
christine truebner

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Von: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] 
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 4. Dezember 2008 21:18
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Here is a bit of a surprise, found in the opening sentences of an
undergraduate paper on one of William Morris's poems.
> Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and 
> Young once said, "There are three things men can do with women: love 
> them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature."
It is always delightful to meet old friends in unexpected places. Or is this
perhaps a case of meeting the child or grandchild of an old friend far gone
and suddenly recognizing the features anew?

But whatever the quality of the rest of the essay, the sense of an
unexpected alignment is uncanny. Morris's Guenevere. Durrell's Justine
(albeit indirectly). Tragic triangles, antinomianism, and great betrayals.
On my desk. . . .

And this student certainly did /not/ know her Durrell; she was most likely
drawing upon an online search engine that directed her to Stephen Stills's
recycling of the Durrell line.

Enough mysteries. Back to marking. . . .


Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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