Lawrence Durrell: Conversations

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This collection brings together for the first time over thirty interviews with one of the most fascinating major writers of the latter half of the twentieth century. The interviews demonstrate the range of his concerns over a period of four decades and mark the uniqueness of his voice as an author. The first interview, originally published in the Paris Review, reveals a Durrell launched into fame with the publication in the late 1950s of what continues to be his best-known work, The Alexandria Quartet. With the ...
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This collection brings together for the first time over thirty interviews with one of the most fascinating major writers of the latter half of the twentieth century. The interviews demonstrate the range of his concerns over a period of four decades and mark the uniqueness of his voice as an author. The first interview, originally published in the Paris Review, reveals a Durrell launched into fame with the publication in the late 1950s of what continues to be his best-known work, The Alexandria Quartet. With the last interview, Durrell has completed The Avignon Quintet and his career as a novelist. In the thirty years between the appearance of these two conversations, he established his reputation as not only a novelist but also a poet, a writer of travel books, and even a playwright. This collection contains the elements expected of an author's responses to academics and representatives of the media. Durrell speaks of the influences on his early writing, especially what he learned from such radically different mentors as T. S. Eliot and Henry Miller, and of his efforts to free himself from work for the British Foreign Office in the first two decades of his adult life. He answers specific questions about most of his writings and indicates what he reconstructs as his intent in writing them.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838637234
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
Talking Jolly Glibly 21
Becoming a Literary Tramp 37
Letting the Reader Loose on the Work 39
A Poet Who Stumbled into Prose 44
Coming in Slightly at a Slant 54
Letting the Book Breathe by Itself 60
Honoring Form, Even if the Reader Goes Hungry 63
Persuading the World to Tap the Source of Laughter in Itself 70
Investigating a Nightingale 76
Bothering the Critics, with their Passion for Categorizing 89
Playing Poker Instead of Rummy 94
Teaching Your Characters That They're More or Less Free 99
The First of the New Romantics 105
The Fasting of the Heart 118
A Little Oriented Toward the Romantics 125
Listening for the Novel's Fetal Heartbeat 132
Jumping about Like Quanta 149
Everything Comes Right 163
Creating a Delicious Amnesia 173
An Old Suitcase Full of Themes 182
With That, I've Said It All 187
Using the Yeast of Religion without Breathing the Word 192
Lawrence of Arabesques: The Durrellian Galaxy 201
Evoking an Einsteinian Prayer-Wheel 213
Waking Up in Scott Fitzgerald's Bed 215
Looking Back Now on the Whole Thing 227
In French I Can Write Only Love Letters 230
Looking for That Sacred Wiggle 234
Retiring from the Ring 239
Discovering the Algebra of Love 243
Using Diversions to Transmit the Essential 245
Index 257
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