[ilds] Bibliotheque Lawrence Durrell, Paris

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 2 09:15:27 PDT 2010

How large was Durrell's "working library" at Sommières?  Did he annotated his books with marginalia?  Not a good sign if you can't get the courtesy of a response.


On Sep 2, 2010, at 2:40 AM, Richard Pine wrote:

> Has any member of this group had any success in contacting, or obtaining 
> information from, the Bibliotheque Lawrence Durrell at the Universite Paris-X at 
> Nanterre?
> I have been able to download the catalogue of the boxed papers acquired by the 
> University in 1994 from LD's last home in Sommieres, but have completely failed 
> to find a catalogue for his working library which was acquired at the same time. 
> Numerous e-mail requests to the official address 
> (bibliothequelawrencedurrell at u-paris10.fr;) and personally to its director, 
> Corinne Alexandre-Garner, have met with complete silence. 
> While the book collection is much less significant than that held by SIUC 
> (Carbondale) it is nevertheless very important, but it seems that scholars who 
> cannot travel to Paris are being denied access to the information which the 
> working library might yield. It is, surely, inconceivable that, after 16 years, 
> the working library has not been catalogued, or, rather, that the catalogue (if 
> it exists) has not been made available online. 
> Comments welcome.
> Richard Pine
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