Radio Australia/ABC has announced the upcoming broadcast of a special program highlighting the friendship of Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller:
From 1935 – 1980 Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller sustained one of the most lively and remarkable literary correspondences in modern history. This program dips into these letters. They’re raunchy, sexist, insightful and competitive. They also reflect how different these two writers were in their reaction to WWII. One ran away, while the other stayed and found a new depth in his experience of life.
Henry Miller is best known for his notorious, and for a long time banned, Tropic of Cancer. Lawrence Durrell, on the other hand, is remembered for his intriguing Alexandria Quartet which made a splash in literary and bohemian circles in the 1960s and ‘70s. The first and most famous of these four novels Justine was depicted in 1986 by Brett Whitley, who painted his wife, Wendy, sprawled on Bondi Beach in a blue bikini reading the book Justine through dark sunglasses.
A Wartime Correspondence–Lawrence Durrell & Henry Miller is written and narrated by David Green, who spoke with two Durrell specialists Ian MacNiven and Michael Haag, as well as Durrell’s step daughter – Joanna Hodgkin.
Durrell 2012 congratulates David Green on the upcoming broadcast of A Wartime Correspondence, and we look forward to hearing these interviews with our friends Ian MacNiven, Michael Haag, and Joanna Hodgkin. Well done, David!
A Wartime Correspondence is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday, 14 April 2013 at 1:05PM. (AEST = 10 hours ahead of UTC.)
Full broadcast and production details can be found at Radio Australia/ABC.