[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 31, Issue 11_Message 1 Grove_University

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Wed Oct 14 14:15:20 PDT 2009

Do you know, and this is adressed to all on the 
list, the meaning of the word "autodidact"?
I the world today, this word has more potential 
than any diploma. If you succeed as an 
"autodidact" then you have been more successful 
than those who spent years in high educational 
Autodidacts are creative with willfull 
imagination, and that is what makes them go ahead. 
LD was of this small family of humans and no 
questionning about his educational possibilities 
will change this fact. Calculate a percentage of 
autodidacts who succeed (as did LD) compared to 
the millions who attend the world's highest 
educations systems and you will see the light.
Marc Piel

Sumantra Nag a écrit :
>  Message: 1 Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 13:28:33 -0400 (EDT)
> From: gkoger at mindspring.com
> Subject: Re: [ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 31, Issue 7_Message: 2_University
> Re. Grove: "Re Durrell's lack of formal education, it might be useful to 
> remember the law of unintended consequences. Durrell would have been a 
> different person had he attended university, but who knows whether his 
> literary career would have thrived or wilted. It almost certainly would have 
> been different. The fact that he went on to produce world-class fiction and 
> travel literature suggests to me that his instincts were valid."
> --------------------------
> Personally I cannot see the Alexandria Quartet emerging in the form in which 
> it did if Durrell went to Cambridge and I for one would have missed this 
> marvellously evocative work. For one thing Durrell's life may have taken a 
> different course. But when I read Lolita I am not that sure about a 
> Cambridge education influencing Durrell's writing in a major way, although 
> it might have happened. Lolita is not a book I would have expected from a 
> Cambridge graduate but there it is! And this is despite Nabokov's academic 
> achievements at Cambridge! His literary individuality was obviously not 
> affected. Strange? Perhaps not. Did Cambridge influence Isherwood's writing? 
> Doubtful. But of course Isherwood got himself expelled and as good as failed 
> in his second year at Cambridge by answering his examination questions in 
> limericks.
> All writers are unique in their own way but on the whole I think the 
> uniqueness of Lawrence Durrell's writing is strongly linked with the life 
> that he ended up by leading.
> Consider these lines from 'Justine', where Darley and Melissa walk together 
> after Melissa has visited him for the first time:
> "We idled arm in arm by the sea that afternoon, our conversations full of 
> the debris of lives lived without forethought, without architecture..." 
> (Justine p.55, The Alexandria Quartet, Faber paper covered edition, 1962)
> "...lives lived without forethought or architecture..". Is this what gives 
> Durrell's writing a particular quality - the undirected life without 
> achievement?
> Sumantra
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