Durrell was born, in Nepal, at the foot of the Himalayas.
He went to school in England at the age of twelve and, after attending preparatory schools and subsequently failing the entrance exam for Cambridge on multiple occasions, played in jazz clubs in London for a time. It was during this period that he met Nancy Myers, who was to be his first wife. He and she attempted several ventures in England before moving at the same time as Durrell's family to Corfu (as recounted rather amusingly, if somewhat inaccurately, in Gerald Durrell's autobiographical My Family and other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives, and Fauna and Family, and in more Lawrentian style in Prospero's Cell). ... more »
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''Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic airLawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. A Ballad of the Good Lord Nelson.
Nelson stylites in Trafalgar Square
Reminds the British what once they were.''
''Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the willwhatever we may think.''Lawrence Durrell (1914-1991), British author. Bitter Lemons, "Towards an Eastern Landfall," (1957). Opening words.
''Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.''Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Clea, in Clea, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1960).
''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 (1912-1990), British author. Clea, in Justine, pt. 1 (1957).
''The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time ... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.''Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. interview in Observer (London, Nov. 11, 1990).
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