[ilds] Durrell's library

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 14:24:31 PDT 2015

Hi Bruce,

Alas, what I've seen of the Revolt revisions included things such as 
"fix this" and then a series of markings...  Some of it's quite unclear, 
but the extent of the revisions to the Quartet is a good indicator.

As for the Elizabethans, I believe virtually all of that material is in 
Carbondale.  From my editing work, I can say his allusions and 
references to his "Elizas" was extensive.  A read through "Prospero's 
Isle: To Caliban" (1939, originally published in Shanghai) gives an 
immediate sense of how capacious his readings were, including a number 
of scholarly works -- /Panic Spring/ was also particularly rich in 
references to a range of Elizabethan dramatists.


On 2015-06-22 11:47 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> 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
>> <mailto: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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