[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 77, Issue 1_Durrell's residence in Alexandria

Lynn-Marie & Brewster sunrisedriven at gmail.com
Mon Sep 9 06:32:20 PDT 2013


On October 1, 1943, LD, Eve and their friends the Gotches moved into the
house at 17 (now 19) rue Maamoun in Moharrem Bey.
On May 30, 1945 LD traveled to Rhodes from Alexandria on a scouting
mission. He returned to Alex on June 9/10. He and Eve departed Alex in
mid-July and landed on Rhodes July 19.
This information is readily available in my "A Chronology of the Life and
Times of Lawrence Durrell."
      Brewster



On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM, Sumantra Nag <sumantranag at gmail.com> wrote:

> The post seems to say that Durrell stayed in Alexandria from 1942 to
> 1956...??
>
> Surely, he left Alexandria with Eve Cohen - perhaps for Rhodes - around
> 1942 or during the early 1940s. As far as I know his next visit to
> Alexandria came many years later.
>
> Sumantra
>
> Sent from my Samsung Tablet
> On 9 Sep 2013 00:30, <ilds-request at lists.uvic.ca> wrote:
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>>    1. Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be demolished
>>       (Robin.W.Collins)
>>    2. CFP for Louisville Conference (clawson at gmail.com)
>>    3. Re: Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be demolished
>>       (Lynn-Marie & Brewster)
>>    4. Re: Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be demolished
>>       (Marc Piel)
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>> Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:46:34 -0400
>> From: "Robin.W.Collins" <robin.w.collins at gmail.com>
>> To: "ilds at lists.uvic.ca" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>> Subject: [ilds] Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be demolished
>> Message-ID: <DEA1A630-4678-4CC5-8E30-9CFF25DF8B60 at gmail.com>
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>> Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be demolished
>> by Kirsten Reach
>>
>> ?To a certain extent, being a colonial, you have these wild romantic
>> dreams about ?Home,?? Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)admitted in an interview
>> with The Paris Review in 1959. But now his romantic residence in
>> Alexandria, where he began The Alexandria Quartet, is scheduled to be
>> demolished.
>>
>> Durrell was a novelist, poet, translator, travel writer, and dramatist.
>> He is well known for his lively forty-five year correspondence withHenry
>> Miller.
>>
>> The Alexandria Quartet features the city as its protagonist, including
>> scenes on Prophet Daniel Street (where book stalls were destroyed last
>> year), Coronation Street, and Kom El-Deka. From the first book in
>> theQuartet, Justine, Alexandria is described as ?the city which used us as
>> its flora?precipitated in us conflicts which were hers and which we mistook
>> for our own: beloved Alexandria!?
>>
>> Durrell resided in this building in Moharram Bey from 1942 to 1956. He
>> lived on the top floor until after the Suez Crisis, when he left Alexandria
>> for good. Durrell separated from his wife, Eve Cohen, in 1955, slightly
>> before his departure; he published Justine shortly after, in 1957.
>>
>> This is a fine moment to revisit the collection of photographs Sam
>> Jordison published inThe Guardian last year of Durrell?s disappearing
>> Alexandria.
>>
>> Photoset: With news of Lawrence Durrell?s Moharram Bey home to be
>> demolished, a look back at the writer?s disappearing Alexandria.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> http://theparisreview.tumblr.com/post/60459816305/with-news-of-lawrence-durrells-moharram-bey-home
>>
>>
>> Via my iPhone
>> Typos are their fault. I can spell.
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>> Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 19:50:44 -0500
>> From: clawson at gmail.com
>> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>> Subject: [ilds] CFP for Louisville Conference
>> Message-ID: <8A06EBC2-95E1-4A6F-BAF3-41D4A931A4A3 at gmail.com>
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>> Hi all,
>> Please consider submitting a proposal for the panel sponsored by the
>> International Lawrence Durrell Society at next year's Louisville
>> conference: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/52840
>>
>> The society is there each year, and we've had some fantastic
>> presentations in a forum different from the biennial conferences. This
>> year's panel proposal isn't strictly on Durrell's writing, but it interacts
>> with some key themes in his writing, and it should be interesting to all. I
>> look forward to meeting folks (both new and old) in Louisville!
>> James
>>
>> Landscape and Character in 20th Century ?Big Books?
>> The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900?
>> http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com?
>> Louisville, KY | 20-22 February 2014
>> In what ways has literature and our understanding of it been shaped by
>> our relationship to landscape?or by landscape's relation to books we read?
>> For his part, Durrell appreciated "big" books for the importance they
>> afford place: "What makes 'big' books is surely as much to do with their
>> site as their characters and incidents." When "ordinary novels," he
>> indicated in his essay on "Landscape and Character," are "well and truly
>> anchored in nature they usually become classics. One can detect this
>> quality of 'bigness' in most books which are so sited from Huckleberry Finn
>> to The Grapes of Wrath."
>> Among Durrell?s own works, we might consider The Alexandria Quartet as
>> remarkable for treatment of place as for plots or people. Across the
>> breadth of the Quartet, characters from around the Mediterranean and across
>> Europe slowly synchronize, shifting attitudes as with desert sands to
>> arrive at similar symptoms and maladies in that work's final volume. In The
>> Avignon Quintet, too, people from across Europe, most notably displaced
>> Jews and gipsies, exhibit customs and qualities marked by landscape.
>> Durrell?s concern for the personal characteristics inhering in landscape is
>> informed by the time he spent articulating British interests abroad. In
>> this new poetics, "landscape" takes its place with Aristotle's "incident"
>> and "character" to augment and ultimately supplant "thought."
>> ?In light of the upcoming conference on "Durrell and Place," scheduled in
>> Vancouver, papers for this session of the 2014 Louisville Conference
>> sponsored by the International Lawrence Durrell Society should address the
>> effects of landscape on character and action in fictional "big" books
>> published since 1900. The twentieth century offers a wealth of texts, "big"
>> in Durrell's sense, in whose good company his writings and comments may be
>> considered. Fictional places that invite analysis?on their own or in
>> conjunction with Durrellian locales?include (but are not limited to):
>> James Joyce?s Dublin
>> Anne Rice?s New Orleans?
>> Sholem Asch?s St. Petersburg, Warsaw, and Moscow
>> The Paris of Walter Benjamin or Ernest Hemingway?
>> Freya Stark?s western Iran
>> The Kashmir of Salman Rushdie
>> The Balkans of Olivia Manning
>> Extraterrestrial places in work by authors like Carl Sagan
>> William Faulkner?s Yoknapatawpha County
>> J. R. R. Tolkien?s Middle Earth
>> Please send a 250-word abstract to James Clawson, International Lawrence
>> Durrell Society, (clawsonj at gram.edu) by Oct. 1, 2013. Final
>> presentations should be limited to 20 minutes in length.
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>> Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 11:41:56 -0400
>> From: "Lynn-Marie & Brewster" <sunrisedriven at gmail.com>
>> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>> Subject: Re: [ilds] Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be
>>         demolished
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>> I someone going to correct the errors in the article?
>> Brewster
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM, Robin.W.Collins
>> <robin.w.collins at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>> > Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be demolishedby Kirsten Reach<
>> http://www.mhpbooks.com/author/kirsten-reach/>
>> >
>> > <http://www.mhpbooks.com/?attachment_id=92149>?To a certain extent,
>> being
>> > a colonial, you have these wild romantic dreams about ?Home,?? *Lawrence
>> > Durrell* (1912-1990)admitted<
>> http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4720/the-art-of-fiction-no-23-lawrence-durrell>
>> in
>> > an interview with *The Paris Review* in 1959. But now his romantic
>> > residence in Alexandria, where he began *The Alexandria Quartet*, is
>> scheduled
>> > to be demolished<
>> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=580021618726819&set=a.209135599148758.52840.100001569598298&type=1&theater
>> >
>> > .
>> >
>> > Durrell was a novelist, poet, translator, travel writer, and
>> dramatist**.
>> > He is well known for his lively forty-five year correspondence<
>> http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/durrell-miller/4607904
>> >
>> >  with*Henry Miller*.
>> >
>> > *The Alexandria Quartet* features the city as its protagonist, including
>> > scenes on Prophet Daniel Street (where book stalls<
>> http://www.mhpbooks.com/cops-trashing-books-not-just-for-the-nypd-anymore/>
>> were
>> > destroyed last year), Coronation Street, and Kom El-Deka. From the first
>> > book in the*Quartet*, *Justine*, Alexandria is described as ?the city
>> > which used us as its flora?precipitated in us conflicts which were hers
>> and
>> > which we mistook for our own: beloved Alexandria!?
>> >
>> > Durrell resided in this building in Moharram Bey from 1942 to 1956. He
>> > lived on the top floor until after the Suez Crisis, when he left
>> Alexandria
>> > for good. Durrell separated from his wife, *Eve Cohen*, in 1955,
>> slightly
>> > before his departure; he published *Justine* shortly after, in 1957.
>> > This is a fine moment to revisit the collection of photographs* Sam
>> > Jordison* published in*The Guardian *last year of Durrell?s disappearing
>> > Alexandria<
>> http://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2012/mar/22/lawrence-durrell-alexandria-pictures
>> >
>> > **.
>> >
>> > Photoset: With news of Lawrence Durrell?s Moharram Bey home to be
>> > demolished, a look back at the writer?s disappearing Alexandria.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> http://theparisreview.tumblr.com/post/60459816305/with-news-of-lawrence-durrells-moharram-bey-home
>> >
>> >
>> > Via my iPhone
>> > Typos are their fault. I can spell.
>> >
>> > _______________________________________________
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>> Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 19:13:44 +0200
>> From: Marc Piel <marc at marcpiel.fr>
>> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>> Subject: Re: [ilds] Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be
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>> I was surprised that nobody had said anything and
>> even more today as no-one has said anything about
>> the dates that are inaccurate........
>> Is the whole list still sleeping off London 2012?
>> @+
>> Marc Piel
>>
>> Le 08/09/13 17:41, Lynn-Marie & Brewster a ?crit :
>> > I someone going to correct the errors in the
>> > article?
>> > Brewster
>> >
>> >
>> > On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM, Robin.W.Collins
>> > <robin.w.collins at gmail.com
>> > <mailto:robin.w.collins at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> >         Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria home to be
>> >         demolished
>> >
>> >
>> >             by Kirsten Reach
>> >             <http://www.mhpbooks.com/author/kirsten-reach/>
>> >
>> >     <http://www.mhpbooks.com/?attachment_id=92149>?To
>> >     a certain extent, being a colonial, you have
>> >     these wild romantic dreams about ?Home,??
>> >     *Lawrence Durrell* (1912-1990)admitted
>> >     <
>> http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4720/the-art-of-fiction-no-23-lawrence-durrell>
>> in
>> >     an interview with /The Paris Review/ in
>> >     1959. But now his romantic residence in
>> >     Alexandria, where he began /The Alexandria
>> >     Quartet/, is scheduled to be demolished
>> >     <
>> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=580021618726819&set=a.209135599148758.52840.100001569598298&type=1&theater
>> >.
>> >
>> >     Durrell was a novelist, poet, translator,
>> >     travel writer, and dramatist//. He is well
>> >     known for his lively forty-five year
>> >     correspondence
>> >     <
>> http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/durrell-miller/4607904>
>> with*Henry
>> >     Miller*.
>> >
>> >     /The Alexandria Quartet/ features the city
>> >     as its protagonist, including scenes on
>> >     Prophet Daniel Street (where book stalls
>> >     <
>> http://www.mhpbooks.com/cops-trashing-books-not-just-for-the-nypd-anymore/>
>> were
>> >     destroyed last year), Coronation Street, and
>> >     Kom El-Deka. From the first book in
>> >     the/Quartet/, /Justine/, Alexandria is
>> >     described as ?the city which used us as its
>> >     flora?precipitated in us conflicts which
>> >     were hers and which we mistook for our own:
>> >     beloved Alexandria!?
>> >
>> >     Durrell resided in this building in Moharram
>> >     Bey from 1942 to 1956. He lived on the top
>> >     floor until after the Suez Crisis, when he
>> >     left Alexandria for good. Durrell separated
>> >     from his wife, *Eve Cohen*, in 1955,
>> >     slightly before his departure; he published
>> >     /Justine/ shortly after, in 1957.
>> >
>> >     This is a fine moment to revisit the
>> >     collection of photographs* Sam
>> >     Jordison* published in/The Guardian /last
>> >     year of Durrell?s disappearing Alexandria
>> >     <
>> http://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2012/mar/22/lawrence-durrell-alexandria-pictures
>> >//.
>> >
>> >     Photoset: With news of Lawrence Durrell?s
>> >     Moharram Bey home to be demolished, a look
>> >     back at the writer?s disappearing Alexandria.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> http://theparisreview.tumblr.com/post/60459816305/with-news-of-lawrence-durrells-moharram-bey-home
>> >
>> >
>> >     Via my iPhone
>> >     Typos are their fault. I can spell.
>> >
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