[ilds] Seems

Kennedy Gammage gammage.kennedy at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 10:58:58 PST 2015

Quoting Hamlet, Bruce just reminded me of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are
Dead. Wanted to ask Bruce about Acte, Durrell's second play, which he
recently purchased at a local bookstore: have you read it yet? What did you
think? It's natural for a writer of Durrell's gifts to want to write in
almost every genre - you want to conquer the world! But were his plays
good? Not compared to Stoppard. Maybe compared to Eliot?

Recent Nobel Prize winners in Literature are from unexpected places all
over the world. We all know Durrell wanted that prize - and possibly
deserved it. But I'm not sure I've seen an analysis of his oeuvre compared
with the recent winners. If such an article appeared in the NY Review of
Books I would read it avidly.

Thanks - Ken

On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 8:31 AM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>

> Seems, madam?  Nay, it is.  I know not ‘seems.’
> —*Hamlet*
> He wondered if perhaps all great artists, from whose company he
> reluctantly excluded himself, were not absolutely revolting as human
> beings.  Dostoevsky writing about Christian meekness while he browbeat
> his menservants, Lawrence saying nasty things about one when one wasn’t
> there … It was very odd.
> *—Dark Labyrinth,* p. 258
> I guess I’m one of those deceiving myself.  Richard Pine’s objection to
> “fraud” as anything special may be true in some existential sense, akin to
> Hamlet’s problem with “seems,” but this is not the moral force of Graecen’s
> remark.  He clearly censures duplicitous behavior, and I take that as
> Durrell talking about himself, as “odd” as that may seem.
> Bruce
> On Dec 15, 2015, at 11:54 PM, mail at durrelllibrarycorfu.org wrote:
> Of course LD knew he was a fraud. All artists know that, especially
> writers. None of us is what we seem. Writers just make a professsion of it,
> that's all. Anyone who thinks he is telling the truth is deceiving herself.
> RP
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