Lawrence Durrell | First Editions
1912 - 1990
Lawrence George Durrell (27 February 1912 – 7 November 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. He is most remembered for his series, The Alexandria Quartet - particularly the first of the quartet's four novels, Justine. Durrell was a close personal friend of the novelist Henry Miller, and collaborated with writers such as Anaïs Nin and Alfred Perles.
Durrell's novel, The Black Book: An Agon, faced some controversy when published in Paris in 1938. The mildly pornographic work did not appear in Britain in 1973. In the story, the main character Lawrence Lucifer struggles to escape the spiritual sterility of dying England, and gravitates toward Greece's warmth and fertility.
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Paris: Olympia Press 1969. FIRST OLYMPIA PRESS EDITION. The Traveller's Companion Series, n°77. Pp.301; , blank; , advertisement; , blank; , imprint; , blank. Publisher's green paper binding, glossy pictorial jacket. Minor toning to text block, trivial nicks to jacket; a clean, fine copy. The author's first novel, not published...
London: Faber and Faber, 1958. [Modern fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.320. Publisher's yellow cloth with gilt titling and purple decoration to spine. Pictorial dust-jacket priced at 16s net. Some spotting to first and last few leaves, otherwise internally clean, ownership inscription to flyleaf and bookplate and a....