[ilds] "Facts"

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 22 10:12:26 PDT 2011


I'll have to read the sketch.  I was unaware of it.  This has been discussed before, but I think Durrell's "inventions" or fabrications in Prospero's Cell are too elaborate to be the result of a faulty memory or a rush to capture fading moments.


Bruce



On Jul 22, 2011, at 9:35 AM, James Gifford wrote:

> Have you compared the book to the sketch published while he was in 
> Egypt?  The latter includes Nancy...  The transformation from one to the 
> other is still overlooked in the scholarship even though the fragment is 
> quite brief and published twice.
> 
> There's an intriguing introduction to the /Middle East Anthology/ by 
> Waller and de Mauny as well commenting on the rush to set down memoirs 
> before the moment faded -- Durrell wasn't alone at that moment in his 
> creations.
> 
> Best,
> James
> 
> On 22/07/11 8:14 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> 1. Fact: Lawrence Durrell published the memoir /Prospero's Cell/ in 1945.
>> 
>> 2. Fiction posing as fact: Much of the content of that book.
>> 
>> I once took no. 2 as fact, naively believing that Durrell truthfully
>> reported people and events. I was wrong. Nancy Myers called it, "All lies."
>> 
>> 
>> Bruce

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