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Title:
Critical essays on Lawrence Durrell
Author:
Friedman, Alan Warren.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, [1987]

©1987
Physical Description:
viii, 251 pages ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816187553
Format :
Book

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British writer Lawrence Durrell is best known for his four-volume novel, The Alexandria Quartet (1962) although he has subsequently published numerous other novels, as well as literary works in other genres. This volume contains ten reviews of Durrell's works, 19 critical essays, and one parody. Most of the reviews (as one would expect) are reprinted; only one is unique to the volume: a BBC radio broadcast transcription. Five of the critical essays are either newly published or revised for inclusion-a higher figure than most collections of this type. The editor has two aims for the collection: ``to make readily available the best writing about Durrell's work, and to reflect fairly the controversy it aroused.'' (The controversy is essentially whether or not Durrell is a charlatan or a writer of genius.) But again, this volume succeeds to a greater degree than most similar works, for the majority of the material included is thoroughly readable and informative, conditions that are not always met in many of the critical works being published today. It is also a book for which a need exists: no similar volume has been published since Harry T. Moore's 1962 collection, The World of Lawrence Durrell; and no significant full-length critical study has been done since G.S. Fraser's Lawrence Durrell: A Study (CH, Dec '69), which was revised in 1973. Contains a modest bibliography. Recommended for all academic collections.-A.R. Nourie, Illinois State University