[ilds] Durrell's library

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Mon Jun 22 15:29:52 PDT 2015

Hi James and Bruce, As a graphic Designer in my 
early days (in England and France) I learned all 
ways to make typographic corrections, whether 
first proof or later corrections.... Maybe I can 
help decipher LD's marks. I feel certain that he 
knew them as well. Can you send me some images?
Best regards,

Le 22/06/15 23:24, James Gifford a écrit :
> 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.
> Best,
> James
> 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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