[ilds] MacNiven Bio

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jan 28 20:00:12 PST 2011


I haven't read MacNiven in toto but agree with David's take on Bowker.  I am not convinced, however, with Bowker's attempt to rationalize Durrell's "creative madness," especially with respect to his occasional treatment of his wives, sometimes brutally.


BR



On Jan 28, 2011, at 3:44 PM, Denise Tart & David Green wrote:

> William,
>  
> I have read Bowker's biography several times and can recommend it to you. yes, you are right that it has its problems and that Bowker does speculate at times, but it is a good contrast to tact of MacNiven, who as well as being a scholarly and authorised, is also a fan. Bowker, as his book title suggests, paints a darker picture of Lawrence particularly in relation to his treatment of women and his over fondness of alcohol; his creative madness being at times hard on people close to him. Read both a get a deeper picture - someone else out there is currently doing so and could perhaps ad to this commentary??
>  
> David Green
> 
> From: William Apt
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> Dear all:
>  
> I thought the book outstanding.  How Prof. MacNiven was able to gather and synthesize so much material, and then put it into such an eloquent narrative  is remarkable.  Moreover, Prof. MacNiven honors his fiduciary obligations well:  it is a most tactful book. 
>  
> I had tried reading Bowker's bio but was put off by it. Perhaps because it was unauthorized, and Bowker was deprived of sources MacNiven had recourse to, there was way too much speculation-as-explanation for my taste. Can any one tell me how it essentially differs from MacNiven's book, and whether it is worthwhile?
>  
> Ultimately I find LD truly enigmatic.  I have so many questions about why he was the way he was that, perhaps, cannot be clearly answered except to say that he was a genius, and genius is a mystery.
>  
> Again, thanks to everyone who was so helpful to me, including Prof. Godshalk, whom I forgot to thank yesterday.
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