[ilds] Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu the blue really begins

Godshalk, William (godshawl) godshawl at ucmail.uc.edu
Wed Sep 8 12:48:58 PDT 2010


Very interesting. I wonder if all of these references fit together. Could they?


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Gissing? As in George Gissing, who wrote /By the Ionian Sea/?

I've always assumed that Durrell's line is a reference to Norman Douglas and his /Old Calabria/, in which Douglas devotes several pages to Gissing, by the way. In doing so Durrell acknowledges a debt to Douglas AND announces that he is moving beyond him, geographically and otherwise. Douglas devoted one short book to Greece but his interests lay primarily in Italy.

Grove

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>From: "Godshalk, William (godshawl)" <godshawl at ucmail.uc.edu>
>Sent: Sep 7, 2010 7:23 PM
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>Well, there are plenty of references to ships, islands, etc. No Corfu though.
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>The book ends with: "clear immortal blue."
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>Did Larry read it? I leave it to you.
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>O, yes, the chief character is a man called Gissing.
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>W. L. Godshalk *
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>From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of Bruce Redwine [bredwine1968 at earthlink.net]
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>Does Morely's book have related subject matter, i.e., the Ionian or the Aegean?  The next question:  any evidence that LD knew of this title?  I'm inclined to think it's a coincidence.
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>BR
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>On Sep 7, 2010, at 5:01 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
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>> "Where the Blue Begins" is a book by Christopher Morley published in 1922.
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>> "Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu the blue really begins."
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>> Is Durrell's "really" a reply and a correction?
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>> University of Cincinnati*   * Stellar Disorder  *
>> OH 45221-0069 *  *
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