[ilds] "Facts"

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 22 11:12:11 PDT 2011

No, I don't think "N." instead of "Nancy" is a lie.  We also have "E." (Eve) in Reflections on a Marine Venus.  The inventions I have in mind are ones such as the scene at Saint Arsenius, which a granddaughter questions as true (see Charles newspaper), and Count D., who is most probably old LD himself in disguise.  Then there's the whole issue of the plagiarism of Sophie Atkinson's An Artist in Corfu.  I would call such plagiarism a form of lying.


On Jul 22, 2011, at 10:39 AM, James Gifford wrote:

> What I'd meant was that the sketch he published in 1942 includes "my 
> wife" while the book in 1945 has only the mysterious "N." of uncertain 
> relation -- it's a deliberate revision, so hardly accidental nor due to 
> a casual oversight.
> He wrote her out of the draft after having already mentioned her in 
> print.  I doubt it was based on an intention to "lie" in the traditional 
> sense of the term.
> Cheers,
> James
> On 22/07/11 10:12 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> 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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