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

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The Alexandria Quartet  (Th...

4.17 avg rating — 11,099 ratings — published 1960 — 49 editions
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Justine (The Alexandria Qua...

3.88 avg rating — 6,766 ratings — published 1957 — 103 editions
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Balthazar (The Alexandria Q...

4.14 avg rating — 2,924 ratings — published 1958 — 87 editions
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Mountolive (The Alexandria ...

4.21 avg rating — 2,478 ratings — published 1958 — 79 editions
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Clea (The Alexandria Quarte...

4.18 avg rating — 2,297 ratings — published 1960 — 69 editions
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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

3.83 avg rating — 1,835 ratings — published 1957 — 53 editions
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Prospero's Cell

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The Dark Labyrinth

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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, Justine

“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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