[ilds] Book of the Dead

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 09:36:28 PDT 2011

In many respects, the "lost" volumes are more interesting because 
they're not generally accounted for in the critical literature.  The 
odds & ends here & there in libraries and personal collections... 
They're scattered at dozens of places, most of which have them held in 
another author's papers (Connelly even had Durrell's intended revisions 
to /Tunc/).  Who knows what was lost -- a long-term project could be 
retrospectively assembling a list from the known materials as well as 
those referred to in his correspondences, but that would be a big, big 


On 17/08/11 9:16 AM, Charles Sligh wrote:
> On 8/17/11 3:52 AM, Richard Pine wrote:
>>         On a quick count, at Paris there are approx 23 volumes and
>>         issues of learned journals relating to Egypt and Egyptology.
> Thanks for this account, Richard.
> Yesterday I wrote (but did not send) a note on the strengths and
> (special) limits of the Carbondale collection. What you write above
> about the Paris holding chimes with my understanding.
>>         The materials at Carbondale cannot be judged as the entirety
>>         of -- or even a representative selection of -- "Durrell's
>>         library" or "Durrell's reading."
>>         Accurately viewed, the titles held at Carbondale are some
>>         certain portion of Durrell's books -- books from which he was
>>         willing to part in exchange for money at a certain moment in
>>         his life. Many more books never made it into the collection at
>>         Carbondale. Some of those "missing" books are in France, held
>>         at Paris or in private collection. Even more books were shared
>>         out, gifted, lost, or otherwise scattered over the years.
>>         "Scraps orts and fragments," but I would not bank any strong,
>>         global pronouncement about Durrell's reading upon them.
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