[ilds] genius

BIGPOND ACCOUNT durrell at telstra.com
Thu Oct 15 06:49:27 PDT 2009

Some things cannot be taught and LD's genre of genius flows from a  
transcendental source which is not locked down to oxbridge or harkeley  
university or academics or conscious will of self.

The very act of dripping words on the page and enjoying the thrill of  
riding the flow of consciousness without restraint is what Larry  
loved. Yes he like Churchill suffered at the hands of Bipolar2 but was  
also regularly enhanced by the same affliction.

Brute, how awful the thought of some crusty oaf tampering with Larry's  
hypomanic spontaneity. A tutor Bruce spreading stifling effluvia  
throughout the recesses of his expansive bubbles is akin to  
smoothering the laughter and playfulness at a preschoolers playground.

Surely you are just provoking the dils on this one ?? Or are you  
serious about this tutelage concept being applicable to our loveable,  
wayward and witty oracle of Corfu??


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On 16/10/2009, at 12:14 AM, "Charles Sligh" <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>  

> "Durrell wrote too fast and didn't revise enough. A
> Cambridge tutor could have sharpened his judgment, without
> compromising his talent, unless carelessness is taken to be part of
> his genius."
> Bruce:
> I am wondering if Durrell's autodidacticism and supposed  
> "carelessness" is an issue for you because Durrell was a _British_  
> writer?
> I see problems with that expectation.
> Or is it perhaps because he works and writes after Modernism and the  
> stylistic stricture and refinement of discipline of the Moderns?
> Again, I see problems here, and Durrell comes to us as an upsetter  
> and spoiler of the neat and tidy definitions of modernism and  
> authorship.  Good for him.
> By the way, for _Justine_, Durrell did revise with intensity and  
> attention in notebook and in typescript.   That is objectively  
> confirmed by the documents themselves.
> My subjective conclusion based upon that textual data is that those  
> changes to _Justine_ help to underscore its deep tide-like cadences  
> and echoes, so the effect is to refine and to focus.  Durrell  
> revises much less often in the other three _Quartet_ novels.
> Regarding Darley on French Thought or Durrell on Relativity--I think  
> Durrell is working with the shapes and sounds of ideas, rather than  
> working toward some sort of essayist's argument about truths  
> determined by evidence.
> I wonder if saying that those two "points" about relativity and  
> French thought do not "hold up" under scrutiny misses the point?
> _Justine_ is perhaps not the book for you if you hold up as ideal  
> the schematic fiction of Nabokov's or the stylistic austerity of  
> Beckett.  But LD is very interesting when considered as another part  
> of that larger story. . . .
> (That said, I delight in VN's snippy and cranky and astute lectures  
> on literature, which were edited by the University of Virginia's  
> Fredson Bowers.)
> By the way, I generally do not prefer reading the "tidied" 1962  
> version of the _Quartet_.
> Charles
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