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Peter Porter has drawn on the full range of the published work, from "A Private Country" (1943) to "Vega" (1973), and has provided a long overdue revaluation of Durrell's poetic career. In his detailed introduction, Porter makes the case for "A Private Country" as one of the most accomplished debut collections of the twentieth century, and traces Durrell's preoccupations a ...more
Paperback, 59 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Faber & Faber
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Although typically I avoid selections of poetry (preferring to make my own selections from the complete works of a poet), Peter Porter has done a good job of selecting these examples and makes a good case in his introduction for the selections he has chosen. Durrell, better known for his works of fiction (e.g., the outstanding series of novels comprising The Alexandria Quartet) and place-based creative nonfiction (e.g., Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corcy ...more
Born in Jalandhar, British India, in 1912 to Indian-born British colonials, Lawrence 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 pr ...moreMore about Lawrence Durrell...