[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 106, Issue 12

Kennedy Gammage gammage.kennedy at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 13:24:35 PST 2016


Interesting that she mentions the Heraldic Universe in the next paragraph:
she sat down with Durrell and Nancy '...and we talked intimately. They
recoil from what I recoil from. They wanted Greece again, after walking
through the greasy, slippery, putrid world of Montparnasse. "It is not a
moral repulsion," said Larry, "it is Heraldic." The love of the "heraldic"
world in Larry excludes the other. Not in Henry.' Durrell must have talked
about it a great deal. Was he seeing things? Living in his own private
Idaho so to speak? Not Henry though. He lived wherever he was living and
wrote about it (with the possible exception of the Palisades in LA?)

Cheers - Ken

On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 1:14 PM, <mail at durrelllibrarycorfu.org> wrote:

> From reading the biographies, the various editions of the Nin diaries, and
> other correspondence etc, and from personal testimony, I appreciate that,
> although there was a shared aesthetic camaraderie between Nin, LDurrell
>  and H Miller, there were huge personal differences. LD bitchily said (both
> in print and to me personally) that he was the only man he knew who hadn't
> been bedded by Nin. They had a short war over one of her books, and the
> friendship (if it was ever that) was never as intense or meaningful as that
> of LD with Miller, with whom also LD fell out - but only briefly, over
> SEXUS.
> It's been well documented that in Paris LD deliberately discounted Nancy
> in order to impress the others, and maybe to ingratiate himself, but I
> think (this is my personal view) that however much he vaunted Nin publicly
> (and his account of the 3 of them 'on the grandes lignes' as he wrote to me
> and as I published it, was genuine) he never liked her as a person and I
> don't think his private opinion of her work was as strong as he publicly
> pretended. Maybe his personal dislike/distrust of her coloured his view of
> her writing.
> As to Nin's public reputation, she could certainly appear unpleasant,
> scheming, devious and duplicitous. But one cannot (in my opinion) disregard
> the imprtance of SOME of her work, especially the early stuff. but the
> various editions of the diary, both during her lifetime and posthumously,
> have revealed an aspect that would deter many from taking her seriously. A
> pity - a fine talent, in emotional terms and in terms of her perceptions,
> even her storytelling (as evidenced by her written-to-order pornography)
> which was unfortunately coloured by her personal problems which I think
> attracted many women to her work at the height of the feminist resurgence
> and has since been diminished by, for example, the fact that she kept 2
> husbands on either side of the USA each of whom (we are led to believe) was
> ignorant of the other. Maybe a man would applaud another man who managed to
> be bigamous in such a way. Such, as Ned Kelly said, is life.
> RP
>
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> Message: 1 Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:07:52 -0800 From: Kennedy Gammage To:
> ilds at lists.uvic.ca Subject: [ilds] Nin and Durrell Message-ID: Content-Type:
> text/plain; charset="utf-8" ILDS member Paul Herron?s Ana?s Nin Literary
> Journal A CAF? IN SPACE 13 arrived in today?s mail, and Lawrence Durrell is
> mentioned, though in passing. For more color about Ana?s and Larry (she
> clearly found him a whole lot more interesting than Nancy!) the Diary of
> Ana?s Nin Volume Two 1934-1939 is worth re-reading. She says: ?Under the
> golden tanned skin, the blond hair, the sea-bottom eyes, behind the poetic
> gestures, mellow and human, he has found a cataract of words, a universe of
> nuances, shadows, quarter tones. Not by way of neurosis did he discover the
> imagination he has. He is like a sailor, a mountaineer who has been visited
> by revelations. There is a miracle about his creation. He is a bit amazed.
> He walks the familiar streets with a vague uneasiness. The wine bottle has
> become symbolical. This expresses all he is fighting against. He does not
> want to lose the warmth, the flesh, the odor, the reality.? I guess the
> main thing that jumped out from Caf? 13 was how vicious the New York Times
> has been to Nin for 50 years. When you read it, it?s an embarrassment. They
> owe her (and we her fans) a huge apology! Best - Ken -------------- next
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> Message: 2 Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19:22:08 -0800 From: Bruce Redwine To:
> ilds at lists.uvic.ca Subject: Re: [ilds] Nin and Durrell Message-ID: <
> 9C9A31FD-64BA-4F23-A676-7013687BCF41 at earthlink.net> Content-Type:
> text/plain; charset=utf-8 Ken is enthusiastic and convincing. Paul Herron,
> your response? Bruce Sent from my iPhone > On Feb 23, 2016, at 6:07 PM,
> Kennedy Gammage wrote: > > ILDS member Paul Herron?s Ana?s Nin Literary
> Journal A CAF? IN SPACE 13 arrived in today?s mail, and Lawrence Durrell is
> mentioned, though in passing. For more color about Ana?s and Larry (she
> clearly found him a whole lot more interesting than Nancy!) the Diary of
> Ana?s Nin Volume Two 1934-1939 is worth re-reading. She says: ?Under the
> golden tanned skin, the blond hair, the sea-bottom eyes, behind the poetic
> gestures, mellow and human, he has found a cataract of words, a universe of
> nuances, shadows, quarter tones. Not by way of neurosis did he discover the
> imagination he has. He is like a sailor, a mountaineer who has been visited
> by revelations. There is a miracle about his creation. He is a bit amazed.
> He walks the familiar streets with a vague uneasiness. The wine bottle has
> become symbolical. This expresses all he is fighting against. He does not
> want to lose the warmth, the flesh, the odor, the reality.? > > I guess the
> main thing that jumped out from Caf? 13 was how vicious the New York Times
> has been to Nin for 50 years. When you read it, it?s an embarrassment. They
> owe her (and we her fans) a huge apology! > > Best - Ken > >
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> +1100 From: Denise Tart & David Green To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca Subject: Re:
> [ilds] Nin and Durrell Message-ID: <
> 41DD6FCD-AEAD-40B2-BD45-26B73D71C8F2 at bigpond.net.au> Content-Type:
> text/plain; charset=utf-8 Ken, Nin provides a wonderful and perceptive
> description of Larry in his twenties, the emerging writer, the qualities
> that made him attractive to many women and an early glimpse of the unease
> with the world as it is that would later dog him, not to mention the
> symbolic bottle that later became a hogshead. But it also portrays a
> masculine visceral creator whose imagination was born of life experience
> rather that fantasy. Thanks for sharing Ken. Sent from my iPad > On 24 Feb
> 2016, at 2:22 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote: > > Ken is enthusiastic and
> convincing. > > Paul Herron, your response? > > > Bruce > > Sent from my
> iPhone > >> On Feb 23, 2016, at 6:07 PM, Kennedy Gammage wrote: >> >>
> ILDS member Paul Herron?s Ana?s Nin Literary Journal A CAF? IN SPACE 13
> arrived in today?s mail, and Lawrence Durrell is mentioned, though in
> passing. For more color about Ana?s and Larry (she clearly found him a
> whole lot more interesting than Nancy!) the Diary of Ana?s Nin Volume Two
> 1934-1939 is worth re-reading. She says: ?Under the golden tanned skin, the
> blond hair, the sea-bottom eyes, behind the poetic gestures, mellow and
> human, he has found a cataract of words, a universe of nuances, shadows,
> quarter tones. Not by way of neurosis did he discover the imagination he
> has. He is like a sailor, a mountaineer who has been visited by
> revelations. There is a miracle about his creation. He is a bit amazed. He
> walks the familiar streets with a vague uneasiness. The wine bottle has
> become symbolical. This expresses all he is fighting against. He does not
> want to lose the warmth, the flesh, the odor, the reality.? >> >> I guess
> the main thing that jumped out from Caf? 13 was how vicious the New York
> Times has been to Nin for 50 years. When you read it, it?s an
> embarrassment. They owe her (and we her fans) a huge apology! >> >> Best -
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