Durrell, Lawrence George

(1912-1990)
   Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, born in Darjeeling, India, the son of a British civil engineer (his brother Gerald, 1925-1995, was the zoologist and owner of a zoo on Jersey, Channel Islands.) Educated in India and England, he worked for a time as a jazz pianist in a London nightclub, and started his writing career in Paris in the 1930s. The family moved to Corfu in 1935, and during World War II he served as press attaché to the British embassies in Cairo and Alexandria. After the war he held various diplomatic and teaching jobs. He finally settled in France, where he lived for the rest of his life. He wrote verse plays and farcical short stories but is best known for The Alexandria Quartet, a series of four interconnected novels (1957-60). Some of his poetry publications: A Private Country, 1943. Cities, Plains and People, 1946. On Seeming to Presume, 1948. The Tree of Idleness, 1955. Collected poems, 1960. Some of his poems: "A Ballad of the Good Lord Nelson," "A Water-Color of Venice," "Acropolis," "Alexandria," "Eight Aspects of Melissa," "Paphos," "Salamis," "Sarajevo."
   Sources: Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. Erotic Poetry: The Lyrics, Ballads, Idyls, and Epics of Love - Classical to Contemporary. William Cole, ed. Random House, 1963. Biography of Lawrence Durrell. (http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/durrell.htm). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk). The New Yorker Book of Poems. The New Yorker editors. Viking Press, 1969. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Who's Who. London: A & C Black, 2005.

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  • Durrell,Lawrence George — Dur·rell (dûrʹəl), Lawrence George. 1912 1990. British writer of Irish descent whose best known work is The Alexandria Quartet (1957 1960), a series of novels treating the same characters from different perspectives. * * * …   Universalium

  • Durrell, Lawrence (George) — born Feb. 27, 1912, Jullundur, India died Nov. 7, 1990, Sommières, France British writer. He spent most of his life in Mediterranean countries, often in diplomatic posts. He is best known for the tetralogy The Alexandria Quartet, composed of the… …   Universalium

  • Durrell, Lawrence (George) — (27 feb. 1912, Jullundur, India–7 nov. 1990, Sommières, Francia). Escritor británico. Pasó la mayor parte de su vida en países mediterráneos, a menudo en cargos diplomáticos. Su obra más conocida es la tetralogía El cuarteto de Alejandría,… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Lawrence George Durrell — (* 27. Februar 1912 in Darjiling, Indien; † 7. November 1990 in Sommières, Département Gard, Frankreich) war ein anglo indischer Schriftsteller. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Werke 2.1 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Lawrence George Durrell — noun English writer of Irish descent who spent much of his life in Mediterranean regions (1912 1990) • Syn: ↑Durrell, ↑Lawrence Durrell • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

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