“A World Within a Crystal Turning”: New Literary Biography of Lawrence Durrell Published.

Marking Lawrence Durrell’s Centenary year, Les Éditions Louis Vuitton and La Quinzaine Littéraire have joined forces to publish a new literary biography that draws upon Durrell’s writings about the Greek world — Lawrence DurrellDans l’ombre du soleil grec (Lawrence Durrell: In the Shadow of the Greek Sun).

This striking new biographical study is penned by Durrell scholar Corinne Alexandre-Garner (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Défense).

Alexandre-Garner guides readers through a generous sampling of Lawrence Durrell’s various encounters with the sun-spoilt Greek ​​landscape, amply demonstrating just how thoroughly an early immersion in the Hellenic world transformed the writer’s artistic sensibility.

According to Alexandre-Garner, the book’s coverage spans from Durrell’s first novel – Pied Piper of Lovers (1935) — to the last work completed in his lifetime, Caesar’s Vast Ghost (1990).  The book also introduces writings that will be new to most readers, “very many of them never published in French, some but few not published in English either.”

In addition to its selections from the travel writing, poetry, and letters, Lawrence DurrellDans l’ombre du soleil grec also reproduces for the first time a number of previously-unseen Lawrence Durrell drawings and paintings.

Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary heartily congratulates Corinne Alexandre-Garner on the publication of her new collection, and we look forward to joining Corinne in London during the Durrell Centenary events, 13 – 16 June 2012.

Order Lawrence DurrellDans l’ombre du soleil grec at Amazon.fr.

Order Lawrence DurrellDans l’ombre du soleil grec at Amazon.co.uk.

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