[ilds] Ray, Patrick, Bruce and others

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 10:29:50 PDT 2010


Hi Richard,

I believe I've already given a copy -- check my last set of donations, 
and if it's not there, just let me know.

Cheers,
James

On 02/11/10 10:27 AM, Richard Pine wrote:
> The DSC would greatly appreciate having a copy of this dissertation.
> RP/DSC
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: James Gifford<james.d.gifford at gmail.com>
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> 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:
>
> TY  - THES
> 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
> Paris.
>
> Best,
> James
>
> 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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