October 27, 1985 |
"Quinx," as its title implies, is the fifth and final novel in a sequence that Lawrence Durrell has been building for the last 10 years, under the title "The Avignon Quintet." The 73-year-old major British novelist and poet has written 27 books, the best known of which comprise "The Alexandria Quartet," an ornate and stylish tetralogy first published between 1957 and 1960, and still widely read.
June 21, 1998 |
"My thinking is colored by the fact that I am a colonial," Lawrence Durrell, the British expatriate, civil servant and writer fashionable in the 1950s and 1960s for his travel books about Greece and his novels set in Egypt, Greece and France, once remarked.
July 25, 2010 |
In 1939, with Europe already sinking into World War II, 46-year-old Henry Miller left Paris, knowing that a cycle of his life had come to an end. As an expatriate in Paris he'd found his voice, and published the novels — "Tropic of Cancer," "Black Spring" and "Tropic of Capricorn" — which made his name. He'd had his legendarily steamy and dangerous affair with Anais Nin, and George Orwell had fired a salute on his behalf, hailing him as "a Whitman among the corpses." Miller, although banned in America, had arrived, and then, restless as ever, he accepted the invitation of another writer, his friend Lawrence Durrell, to visit Greece and the island of Corfu.
January 24, 2010 |
The Templars were an elite taskforce -- consider them the Green Berets of the Middle Ages. They were known for their service to the pope, their fierce determination to wrest Jerusalem from the enemy, their great wealth and, like many groups, their secrecy. For a group so secret, though, they've received an incredible amount of attention both in the years BDB (before Dan Brown) and ever since. Michael Haag, who has occasionally contributed to our pages, decided to weigh in and settle the misinformation bandied about by various recent books with his own, "The Templars: The History & the Myth" (Harper: 384 pp., $15.99 paper)
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September 10, 2001
John Balzar's amusing but critical remarks on Fay Weldon's forthcoming novel ("Sold! A Literary Soul, Now Mud," Commentary, Sept. 5) might have raised Dr. Samuel Johnson's eyebrows over 250 years ago. That literary giant himself growled that he counted any writer a great fool who did not write for money. Jane Austen said that although she liked fame, she loved "pewter" more. And those writers kept in groceries in Paris in the grim days before and after World War II, like Anais Nin, Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell, contracted to write pornographic novels for Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press of 10 chapters, 20 pages each, with two sex scenes per chapter, none of them repeated, making 20 "hot" episodes in all. At least they didn't sign their names to those books, let alone boast of it as Weldon does, laughing all the way, she hopes, to the bank.
November 8, 1990 |
Lawrence Durrell, the British novelist whose works evoked the exotic imagery of the Mediterranean, has died at his home in southern France, his family said today. He was 78. The cause of his death on Wednesday was not disclosed. Durrell had been fatigued for about two weeks, a family member said. Durrell told the Washington Post in 1986 that he was suffering from emphysema.