[ilds] Golding & Durrell

Joan Pinkney roses12_55126_55126us at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 3 12:41:07 PDT 2010


Grove,
Loved hearing the info on Durrell/Golding.  Keep on with this kind of reporting.
Joan Pinkney

--- On Thu, 7/29/10, gkoger at mindspring.com <gkoger at mindspring.com> wrote:

> From: gkoger at mindspring.com <gkoger at mindspring.com>
> Subject: [ilds] Golding & Durrell
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Date: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 4:20 PM
> According to John Carey's new
> biography /William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the
> Flies/, Golding thought highly of Durrell's work. 
> 
> While writer-in-residence at Hollins College in 1961-62,
> Golding taught a course on the modern British novel. At
> first he wanted to range as far back as Wells's /The First
> Men in the Moon/ (what an inspired choice!) and conclude
> with the /AQ/, but after corresponding with the head of the
> department narrowed the list to post-1945 fiction.
> Apparently the head was concerned over the length and
> availability of the /AQ/, but Golding insisted that
> something by Durrell was "a must," and offered to "hand
> round" his wife's own copies of /Justine/ to the class. He
> prevailed, and the final list included the /AQ/. 
> 
> The biography is published by Faber in the UK and the Free
> Press in the US.
> 
> Grove
> 
> 
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