[ilds] sacring-bell (OED)

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Fri Apr 30 12:04:26 PDT 2010

Bruce Redwine wrote:
> The human mind is a wondrous thing, particularly LD's, but it's hard 
> for me to imagine the old guy lugging around a liturgical term from 
> his days in London (or earlier) and using it in 1959, when writing 
> Clea.  Has anyone tried to account for L. Durrell's weird vocabulary 
> and to generalize that into a theory about him and his method of 
> composition?
I would imagine that the source is literary, rather than 
autobiographical.  The term has a hey-day in Durrell's preferred 
literary moment, 16th and 17th century English literature.  

I would check--and will check, when I can--the verso pages of his 
working notebooks. 


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

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