[ilds] Fwd: Re: Durrell's Heritage

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Thu Feb 10 16:18:51 PST 2011

Hello did this message get posted????

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Sujet: Re: [ilds] Durrell's Heritage
Date : Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:01:59 +0100
De : Marc Piel <marcpiel at interdesign.fr>
Répondre à : marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Organisation : InterDesign®
Pour : gifford at fdu.edu, ilds at lists.uvic.ca

Just out of curiosity, I did a search on "LD":

November 2010: article in the Figaro newspaper in


Today: reader's commentaries on the AQ since 2005:


It will be his birthday soon: 27 February 1912.

Le 08/02/11 05:19, James Gifford a écrit :
> On 07/02/11 5:27 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> Now, about Lawrence G. Durrell's sagging reputation
> To be perfectly frank, Bruce, I think a good deal of "reputation" comes
> down to fashionable movements.  Blake was deeply out of fashion for
> quite a while, and some otherwise minor writers are deeply in fashion at
> the moment.  I think we read for convenience, and in some respects, to
> serve secondary goals -- for instance, I teach my compatriot Margaret
> Atwood's /The Handmaid's Tale/ on a regular basis.  I don't actually
> particularly like it as a novel, nor do I see the same artistic merit in
> it that so many others see.  However, it teaches beautifully and allows
> me to develop several reading skills in my students...  Many works
> develop a reputation based on such things.
> We might ask the same about nationalist literatures, which may not be
> particularly good, but serve a real purpose.  Hence, the reputation
> flourishes.
> Durrell, alas, didn't fit his time period, doesn't easily serve a
> nationalist literary cause, and stubbornly refuses to fit into any easy
> "school" or movement.  That makes him rather difficult to fit into a
> course, into a literary study, and so forth.  Entirely apart from the
> merits of the work, it's unruly and doesn't always fit with the more
> common projects.
> Like Grove's Fame and her backward glance, I suspect our literary
> histories will reconsider the 40s through 60s in ways we've not
> anticipated.  Unless I'm mistaken, Mary Wolstonecraft's /Maria or The
> Wrongs of Woman/ was out of print for quite some time!  Surely its
> recovery wasn't purely based on its literary merit, and her cache for
> suffrage and feminism played a goodly role.
> Such are my two bits.
> Best,
> James
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