[ilds] Ray, Patrick, Bruce and others

Richard Pine rpinecorfu at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 2 10:27:12 PDT 2010

The DSC would greatly appreciate having a copy of this dissertation.

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From: James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com>
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Sent: Tue, November 2, 2010 6:58:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] Ray, Patrick, Bruce and others

Hi Bruce,

Integrating materials from Middleton wouldn't surprise me at all, but 
nothing lept off the page at me...  Surely it would be modernized, and 
perhaps Richtofen was generalizing (there are no citations to such 
passages).  I think the Incomparable Bill Godshalk will dig it up for 
us, as he's done for so many other texts.

As per the online bibliography:

A1  - von Richthofen, Patrick Mansur Freiherr Praetorius
T1  - The Booster/Delta Nexus: Henry Miller and His Friends in the 
Literary World of Paris and London on the Eve of the Second World War
N1  - Medium Designator: Diss.
PB  - University of Durham
PY  - 1987
SP  - 1042 pp.
KW  - Durrell, Lawrence
KW  - Miller, Henry
KW  - Booster
KW  - Delta
KW  - Villa Seurat

I did read the whole thing when I got it but must admit I read it 
quickly.  He's very good at working through the 1930s materials tied to 


On 02/11/10 7:56 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> James,
> A 967 page dissertation! What's the title? Any comment on those "whole
> passages" that Durrell took from Middleton's /BB/ "without altering them?"
> Bruce
> On Nov 1, 2010, at 5:20 PM, James Gifford wrote:
>> Hey Bill,
>> My copy is 967 pages and 160 MB, so a bit big. If anyone is interested,
>> email me direct. As for Middleton, here's Richtofen's bits below... Ahem.
>> For curiosity's sake, I'll note that Durrell edited the Thomas story
>> noted by Richtofen, and the final version of the text has only appeared
>> in /Delta/ (not in Thomas' collected works...). There's an article on
>> that somewhere out in the ether.
>> Best,
>> James
>> -----------
>> It was also The Black Book's London, city of the English Death. This is
>> a significant intersection, for like Ulysses and like "The Waste Land",
>> Durrell's book referred back in time, specifically to a 1604 pamphlet by
>> Thomas Middleton, also entitled The Black Book. From this satire,
>> Durrell had taken not only the title, but, quoting whole [105] passages
>> without altering them, he also used "Lawrence Lucifer" as one of the
>> names for his 'ego-protagonist'. Lucifer was the anti-hero of
>> Middleton's account, which describes his satanic visit to London's sinks
>> of corruption, its brothels, gaming dens, houses of usury and drink. But
>> whereas the literary tradition which Durrell played on, those ambiguous
>> pamphlets that leeringly held up to blame the habits of the Elizabethan
>> and Jacobean underworld, has receded into specialists' libraries and
>> vestigial appearances in dramatic performances, Dylan Thomas in the
>> "Prologue to an Adventure" tapped one of the great streams of popular
>> English culture. Durrell's correlation, influenced certainly by Eliot's
>> famous juxtapositions in "The Waste Land", was essentially a private
>> affair (since he could not expect anyone to know, or even to know of,
>> Middleton's booklet). But Dylan Thomas's plan revealed greater ambition,
>> comparable indeed with the Ulysses undertaking. It was an alluring
>> challenge, and yet it was also a burden which Dylan Thomas was unable or
>> unwilling to carry beyond an initial burst of interest .... (p. 106,
>> vol 2)
>> On 01/11/10 4:25 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
>>> How long is the dissertation? Can you email it as a document? May we
>>> request a copy?
>>> W. L. Godshalk *
>>> Department of English * *
>>> University of Cincinnati* * Stellar Disorder *
>>> OH 45221-0069 * *
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