[ilds] City versus country

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 17:46:25 PDT 2010


On 18/09/10 2:18 PM, Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
> To another matter - Durrell's borrowings if you like, last night on Rick
> Stein's Mediterranean Journey he read from Elizabeth David's book a
> passage about the taste of olives as old as the taste of cold water -
> remarkably similar to to Durrell's own lines in Prospero's Cell. given
> the publication dates of their respective works, I am thinking that
> Durrell and David must have got this from some older text?

Durrell and David got on well and had what seems to be a fairly 
significant amount of contact during the war.  If they didn't get the 
phrase from an earlier ur-text, I think it would be hard to riddle out 
which of them came up with it first...

Cheers,
James


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