Lawrence Durrell  

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"I'm trying to persuade him to do a popular book on Fabre' s life — to come down here and do it . Do you know these blasted books about animals sell thousands of copies . My agent says that it is the only sure - fire steady eternal market."--letter of Lawrence Durrell

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Lawrence George Durrell (February 27, 1912November 7, 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. His most famous work is the tetralogy The Alexandria Quartet.


Major works



  • Prospero's Cell: A guide to the landscape and manners of the island of Corcyra[Corfu] (1945; republished 2000) (ISBN 0-571-20165-2)
  • Reflections on a Marine Venus (1953)
  • Bitter Lemons (1957; republished as Bitter Lemons of Cyprus 2001)
  • Blue Thirst (1975)
  • Sicilian Carousel (1977)
  • The Greek Islands (1978)
  • Caesar's Vast Ghost (1990)


  • Quaint Fragments (1931)
  • Ten Poems (1932)
  • Transition: Poems (1934)
  • A Private Country (1943)
  • Cities, Plains and People (1946)
  • On Seeming to Presume (1948)
  • Selected Poems: 1953–1963 Edited by Alan Ross (1964)
  • The Ikons (1966)
  • The Suchness of the Old Boy (1972)
  • Collected Poems: 1931–1974 Edited by James A. Brigham (1980)
  • Selected Poems of Lawrence Durrell Edited by Peter Porter (2006)


  • Bromo Bombastes, under the pseudonym Gaffer Peeslake (1933)
  • Sappho: A Play in Verse (1950)
  • An Irish Faustus: A Morality in Nine Scenes (1963)
  • Acte (1964)


  • Esprit de Corps (1957)
  • Stiff Upper Lip (1958)
  • Sauve Qui Peut (1966)
  • Antrobus Complete (1985), a collection of short stories, previously published in various magazines, about life in the diplomatic corps.

Letters and essays

  • A Key to Modern British Poetry (1952)
  • Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller: A Private Correspondence (1962) edited by George Wickes
  • Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel (1969) edited by Alan G. Thomas
  • Literary Lifelines: The Richard Aldington—Lawrence Durrell Correspondence (1981) edited by Ian S. MacNiven and Harry T. Moore
  • A Smile in the Mind's Eye (1982)
  • "Letters to T. S. Eliot." (1987) Twentieth Century Literature vol. 33 no. 3 pp. 348–358.
  • The Durrell-Miller Letters: 1935–80 (1988) edited by Ian S. MacNiven
  • Letters to Jean Fanchette (1988) edited by Jean Fanchette

Editing and translating

  • Wordsworth; Selected by Lawrence Durrell (1973) edited by Durrell
  • New Poems 1963: A P.E.N. Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (1963) edited by Durrell
  • The Best of Henry Miller (1960) edited by Durrell
  • The Curious History of Pope Joan (1954) by Emmanuel Roídes, translated by Durrell
  • The King of Asine and Other Poems (1948) by George Seferis, translated by Durrell, Bernard Spencer, and Nanos Valaoritis
  • Six Poems From the Greek of Sikelianós and Seféris (1946) translated by Durrell

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