[ilds] Modern Love

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 3 08:35:58 PDT 2014


I think "bisexual" love was too hot a topic for the Brits in 1958.  America was different.  Mailer had already come out with "The Time of Her Time," and Nabokov published Lolita.  Mailer, as self-promoting as ever, called himself "the godfather of Lolita."


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> On Jun 2, 2014, at 2:54 PM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com> wrote:
> That’s a good point James. Nor do I think F&F was solely concerned about suppressing sales. Their editors may have been sensitive to the fact that Durrell might be limiting himself, referring to bisexuality within what promised to be the four dimensional scheme of the Quartet. In the end he created characters who were heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, people ‘wounded in their sex’…cross-dressers like Scobie (a beloved character who seems to me nothing like the author!) Not to mention brother-sister incest - in the Quartet, but also in the Revolt and the Quintet too. (Twice in the Quintet, right?) 
> Once you go the Spacetime route the genie is out of the bottle. No holds barred, the sky’s the limit!
> Cheers - Ken
>> On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM, James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Let's not forget that the "modern love" phrase was originally "bisexual love" nor that the opening epigram from Freud in /Justine/ has the "As for bisexuality, I am sure you are right!" removed by Fabers...
>> Best,
>> James
>>> On 2014-06-02, 11:46 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>> As to the "nonsense bit," I would say we're simply following Lawrence
>>> Durrell's own manifesto in the introduction to /Balthazar/ (1958):  "The
>>> central topic of the book is an investigation of modern love."  I don't
>>> think the permutations of "modern love" are nonsense.  Surely the author
>>> himself must be included in such a discussion.
>>> Bruce
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