Lawrence Durrell





Lawrence Durrell


Born
in Jalandhar, India
February 27, 1912

Died
November 07, 1990

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Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose first novel, Monsieur (1974), won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and whose third novel, Constance (1982), was nominated for the Booker Prize. He also penned the celebrated travel memoir Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (1957), which won the Duff Cooper Prize. Durrell corresponded with author Henry Miller for forty-five years, and Miller influenced mu ...more

Average rating: 4.06 · 22,858 ratings · 1,531 reviews · 71 distinct works · Similar authors
The Alexandria Quartet  (Th...

4.17 avg rating — 8,656 ratings — published 1961 — 38 editions
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Justine (The Alexandria Qua...

3.96 avg rating — 4,276 ratings — published 1957 — 76 editions
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Balthazar (The Alexandria Q...

4.16 avg rating — 1,905 ratings — published 1958 — 55 editions
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Mountolive (The Alexandria ...

4.20 avg rating — 1,620 ratings — published 1958 — 55 editions
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Clea (The Alexandria Quarte...

4.22 avg rating — 1,543 ratings — published 1960 — 50 editions
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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

3.85 avg rating — 985 ratings — published 1957 — 37 editions
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Prospero's Cell

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The Dark Labyrinth

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The Black Book

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“Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?”
Lawrence Durrell, Justine

“There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.”
Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

“I don’t believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but which he has not experienced.”
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