[ilds] Author Lawrence Durrell playing the guitar in his kitchen

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Sun Feb 13 10:26:19 PST 2011

I believe Joyce and Eliot posed for even more laborious projects, and 
for Eliot, more suspicious too:



The High Moderns were extraordinarily good at self-promoting on a scale 
Durrell & Miller's /Booster/ would wither before.  In fact, the High 
Moderns succeeded to such a degree that I would argue Durrell's 
generation in the war found itself squeezed between the competing 
visions of the the High Moderns and the Auden Generation such that their 
existence was, to a large degree, simply overlooked...

I might, for instance, compare Day-Lewis' comments about "where are the 
war poets" to the explosion of poetry journals at Oxford during the war. 
  The war poets were everywhere, but Day-Lewis wasn't terribly keen on 
their politics nor their style, so he forgot they existed.  Eliot, like 
he did to Joyce, tried to turn them into more Eliot -- hence Durrell's 
"Only the city is Real" or his "So that..." at the end of /Justine/ 
(right after re-reading Pound's Cantos), or the "Once upon a time" that 
*might* echo the opening of Joyce's /Portrait/, and Cavafy displacing 
Eliot as the city poet.

I like this line of comparisons, Bruce, but I think it's a long, thorny 


On 12/02/11 5:16 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> Picking up from where Charles left off, it might be instructive to
> compare the iconic photographs of the High Moderns and other major
> writers of Durrell's times. I attach below a link to a photo Joyce posed
> for. What do such portraits say about the authors? The photo of LD most
> vivid in my mind is the one at the back of /Caesar's Vast Ghost./ It's
> posed and must appear with his approval. Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't
> imagine a Joyce or an Eliot permitting such a portrait of themselves.
> Bruce
> www.themodernword.com/joyce/jj_profile.html
> <http://www.themodernword.com/joyce/jj_profile.html>
> On Feb 11, 2011, at 7:20 PM, Charles Sligh wrote:
>> Enjoy!
>> ***
>> A meeting of the board of directors at publishing house Faber & Faber
>> <http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/78300667/Hulton-Archive> to discuss
>> how best to use their paper ration, 25th March 1944. From left to
>> right T. S. Eliot, Morley Kennedy, Geoffrey Faber, W J Crawley,
>> Richard de la Mare and Miss C B Sheldon. Original Publication: Picture
>> Post - 1671 - Do We Read Better Books In Wartime ? - pub. 1944 (Photo
>> by Felix Man and Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)
>> [One fine way to use Faber & Faber's paper ration: publishing
>> /Prospero's Cell/ in 1945.]
>> ***
>> Author Lawrence Durrell playing the guitar in his kitchen
>> <http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/50561493/Time-Life-Pictures>.
>> (Photo by Loomis Dean//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
>> --
>> ********************************************
>> Charles L. Sligh
>> Assistant Professor
>> Department of English
>> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
>> charles-sligh at utc.edu
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