[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 106, Issue 17

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As someone who has edited and published a previously unpublished novel by Lawrence Durrell ("Judith", Durrell School of Corfu, 2012) my advice regarding a publication of the original edition of "Reflections" would be as follows:
1) There would in my opinion, even though Durrell's reputation is not at its highest, be considerable interest in a production of the original, provided it were effectively promoted.
2) In order to achieve this, there is no point discussing this among ourselves. The appropriate course of action is to persuade the Estate, through agents Curtis Brown, a) of the desirability of such a publication, b) of its viability in terms of editing and production and c) its possible source of income to the Estate.
3) If such persuasion could be achieved (and in my opinion it could) then there are several possible modes of publication:
i) as a special number of Deus Loci
ii) as a "private" imprint of the ILDS.
As the Durrell School of Corfu is no longer in a position to undertake such a publication (as it did in the cases of both "Judith" and Stephanides' memoirs, "Autumn Gleanings" - a joint publication with the ILDs which remains in print) a third possibility nevertheless remains 
iii) as a publication by Colenso Books, which is directed by Anthony Hirst who has recently published at least two titles relating to Durrell and Stephanides and who is about to publish the original text of Stephanides' monograph on Corfu's Freshwater Biology.
Publication would of course (as in the case of "Judith") require an editor sympathetic to the text, to the ambience of the original and to the author's intentions, without unnecessary academic paraphernalia or other impedimenta.
In relation to (ii) it might be possible for the ILDS to attract subscriptions from members and associated persons who would, in exchange for a subscription, receive copies of the book. A limited numbered edition (as in the case of the DSC's edition of "Judith" ) would add to its value as a collectors' item.
It should be noted that in the case of "Judith" a print and ebook edition was subsequently published by Open Road in the USA, which is in effect a reproduction of the DSC edition in almost all respects; this occurred at the time that Open Road contracted with the Durrell Estate to produce editions both in print and as ebooks of most of Durrell's titles and therefore some commercial interest might be shown in such an endeavour in the case of "Reflections".
I believe some criticism has been levelled at Ann Ridler for severe cutting of the original typescript for publication by Fabers. We must bear in mind a) that Fabers is and was a commercial enterprise and Ms Ridler and her superiors may well have considered that Durrell's book was too long for the public, purchase-price-wise. There is also the consideration that at that time (1953) Durrell/Faber had already published "Prospero's Cell" and it may have been thought prudent to publish a second "island" book of comparable length rather than one which was appreciably longer.
RP 
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Send ILDS mailing list submissions to	ilds at lists.uvic.caTo subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit	https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ildsor, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to	ilds-request at lists.uvic.caYou can reach the person managing the list at	ilds-owner at lists.uvic.caWhen replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specificthan "Re: Contents of ILDS digest..."Today's Topics: 1. 3 quick questions about Marine Venus (Kennedy Gammage) 2. Re: 3 quick questions about Marine Venus (James Gifford)----------------------------------------------------------------------Message: 1Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:38:56 -0800From: Kennedy Gammage To: ilds at lists.uvic.caSubject: [ilds] 3 quick questions about Marine VenusMessage-ID:	Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"Has anyone on the list seen the original MS submitted to F&F, which Ibelieve is significantly longer than the published book? Do you agree thatAnne Ridler was correct to cut it as she did? Any chance it will bepublished in the coming years?Thanks very much - Ken-------------- next part --------------An HTML attachment was scrubbed...URL: ------------------------------Message: 2Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:43:24 -0800From: James Gifford To: ilds at lists.uvic.caSubject: Re: [ilds] 3 quick questions about Marine VenusMessage-ID: <56D49F5C.3020300 at gmail.com>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252; format=flowedHi Ken,I was indeed much cut. The go to resource is David Roessel:Roessel, David. ??Cut in Half as It Was?: Editorial Excisions and the Original Shape of Reflections on a Marine Venus.? Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal NS 6 (1998): 64?77.It would be difficult to publish since it could compete with the commercial edition through Faber & Faber, but it would indeed be good to see more work detailing it.Some of Durrell's other writings about Rhodes are in /From the Elephant's Back/ and show post-war political concerns not included in the book.All best,JamesOn 2016-02-29 11:38 AM, Kennedy Gammage wrote:> Has anyone on the list seen the original MS submitted to F&F, which I> believe is significantly longer than the published book? Do you agree> that Anne Ridler was correct to cut it as she did? Any chance it will be> published in the coming years?>> Thanks very much - Ken------------------------------Subject: Digest Footer_______________________________________________ILDS mailing listILDS at lists.uvic.cahttps://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds------------------------------End of ILDS Digest, Vol 106, Issue 17*************************************
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