[ilds] Durrell's library

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 22 11:47:42 PDT 2015


That Durrell thought of revising The Revolt of Aphrodite is interesting.  I wonder what would have come of it — another equivalent to James’s New York Edition?  I wish he’d completed that essay or book on the Elizabethans.  He probably had a notebook on the subject.  If so, where is it?

Bruce





> On Jun 22, 2015, at 1:02 AM, James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I ought to have added, SIU Carbondale produced a very helpful bibliography of Durrell's library when they acquired his papers, as did Paris Ouest (available online).  Quite a bit of work, really.  Those are not exhaustive since so many of LD's books pop up in other archives around the world (and were lost in WWII), and there's more through Alan G. Thomas in the British Library and LD's book requests through publishers.  Nonetheless, those two (Carbondale & Paris) give a pretty good sense of what was on his shelves post-WWII.
> 
> I'm reminded of the Library of Leonard & Virginia Woolf held by Washington State nearby, which is a beautiful drive from here.  It would be hoped that some day a comparable compilation of Durrell's library could be centralized somewhere.  It makes me think of finding copies of Tunc & Nunquam with Durrell's intended revisions marked out in the margins but at a library with no Durrell collection...  Such things are too often tucked inside another author's papers, and who knows how many of them are spread out across the globe.  Needless to say, LD never had the chance to revise the Revolt as he did the Quartet, so none of those revisions were ever realized, which is probably why he gifted the books away.  What would he have done with the Quintet if he'd compiled it himself (the omnibus was put together in 1992, I think)?
> 
> All best,
> James
> 
> On 2015-06-21 7:31 PM, Sumantra Nag wrote:
>> Thanks James, for this valuable information about Durrell's familiarity
>> with Sacheverell Sitwell's writing.
>> 
>> Sumantra
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