[ilds] The Wisdom of George Orwell in relation to LawrenceDurrell

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Wed Oct 14 15:16:01 PDT 2009

Long live Corfu!

James Gifford a écrit :
> I'd love to respond to this whole series of comments, but I'm buried at 
> the moment and get on yet another silly flight tomorrow...
> Can I borrow from Richard's play book and suggest that anyone interest 
> in Durrell's public school experience, views on the Oxbridge crowd, 
> Bloomsbury, and the London Bohemians take a look at /Pied Piper of 
> Lovers/ and /Panic Spring/ (in lovely new editions from ELS Editions):
> http://www.elseditions.com/current.html#PP
> http://www.elseditions.com/current.html#PS
> Fleeing the leftist stance is, to my mind, a part of Durrell's 
> antiauthoritarian stint in this period (not a right wing nor colonial 
> tic), and the comparison to Orwell reminds me of Orwell's borrowings 
> from Durrell's /Panic Spring/ as well as their minor public tiff in /The 
> New English Weekly/ over what Orwell had thought was a return to the 
> High Modernist's egoism (he'd missed the antiauhtoritarian element).
> Would I prefer a Durrell who had had the experience of a tutor but not 
> of Corfu, Paris, and North Africa?  No.
> And now back to lurking and longing for time to write...
> Best,
> James
> Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
>> /Bruce wrote:/
>> // 
>> /David, //Orwell is always good to read, a very careful and true essayist./
>> David Green writes:-
>> Orwell's writing provide a further insight, at least to me, on the 
>> failure, real or imagined, of Durrell's Oxbridge campaign. It is clear 
>> that the left leaning orthodoxy of British intellectuals at the time and 
>> the dominance in many areas - especially English and History - of the 
>> proletarian scholars would not have been to Lawrence's taste at all. It 
>> may be true to say that he could have cut with the flambouyant aesthetes 
>> so wonderfully described in Waugh's /Brideshead Revisited/ but here the 
>> matter of class cuts in. The aesthetes were usually nobs. Of his own 
>> school days at St. Cyprian's Orwell writes:-
>> /In effect there were three castes at the school. There was the minority 
>> with an aristocratic or millionaire background, there were the children 
>> of the ordinary suburban rich, who made up the bulk of the school, and 
>> there were a few underlings like myself, the sons of clergymen, _Indian 
>> civil servants_, struggling widows and the like. (p 78/)
>> I imagine the situation at West Wrattling would have been very similar 
>> and that Durrell would have firstly felt well out of place and secondly 
>> well down the pecking order and being small would not have helped. I 
>> suspect RW Hedges is right in that these schools were 'horrible places'. 
>> Orwell certainly describes them as such and Larry's reaction to his 
>> schooling in England was hardly positive. Unfortunately for Orwell he 
>> had no where else to go, while Larry, with his small private income and 
>> supportive family, did. He fled the tyranny of leftist thought and the 
>> English class system. Oxbridge was not for him.
>> David Green
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