[ilds] "Facts"

Godshalk, William (godshawl) godshawl at ucmail.uc.edu
Fri Jul 22 12:36:43 PDT 2011

I doubt that Durrell was in a rush to capture fading moments. Durrell kept elaborate notebooks, and as he copied from notebook to fabulation, he crossed out the note. There are many examples of this process in the archive. 


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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.


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


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."


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