New Lawrence Durrell publications

We are delighted to announce the publication, by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, of Bruce Redwine’s The Heraldic World of Lawrence Durrell: the Man, His Circle, and His Art as no. 4 in the “Durrell Studies ” series.

The cover features “Greek Harbour Scene” by lawrence Durrell – signed “Epfs” – in the collection of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

The main contents:

Part One: Lawrence Durrell: His Fame and Trials
Chapter One – The Durrell Celebration in Alexandria –

Chapter Two – Wife and Husband on Corfu –

Chapter Three – Daughter and Father in Languedoc

Part Two: Durrell’s Circle
Chapter Four – Haag’s City
Chapter Five – Haag’s Durrells
Chapter Six – Michael Haag

Part Three: Durrell’s Art
Chapter Seven – Fabulation
Chapter Eight – Pastoral
Chapter Nine – Ancient Egypt and The Alexandria Quartet

Coda: Durrell and Rilke
Chapter Ten – Shores and Plains, Caves and Castles

We are also delighted to remind you that the “Durrell Studies” series also includes:

1. Borders and Borderlands: Explorations in Identity, Exile and Translation
Edited by Richard Pine and Vera Konidari

2. Lawrence Durrell’s Woven Web of Guesses By Richard Pine

3. The Eye of the Xenos: Letters about Greece By Richard Pine with Vera Konidari

5. Nikolaos Mantzaros: Emergence of a Greek Composer by Konstantinos Kardamis (forthcoming)

6. Mikis Theodorakis: Music and Politics by Gail Holst-Warhaft (forthcoming)


This volume presents a number of original essays on aspects of Lawrence Durrell which have not previously been discussed. Durrell (1912-1990) was the ground-breaking author of The Alexandria Quartet, Tunc-Nunquam (The Revolt of Aphrodite) and The Avignon Quintet and of many plays, volumes of poetry and essays. This volume, by one of the world’s foremost experts on Durrell’s life and work, explores his early literary connections with Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Alfred Perlès and David Gascoyne in topics such as surrealism and psychology. It features new insights into Durrell’s approach to popular literature, Greek politics and sexual orientation, and establishes Durrell’s mental states from an examination of his private notebooks. It presents a composite portrait of a writer obsessed with the themes of identity, creativity, sexuality and freedom.

We are pleased to announce the publication of

Islands of the Mind:

psychology, literature and biodiversity

edited by Richard Pine and Vera Konidari

and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

The essays emanate from the Durrell Library’s 2019 symposium.

Many of the essays in Island of the Mind focus on the work of Lawrence and Gerald Durrell.

The Contents:

“A Psychology of Islanders?” – Godfrey Baldacchino

“Where the Blue Really Begins: On Islands Imagined and Otherwise ” – Spyros Orfanos and Marietta Orfanou

“Island-inspired Conservation: The Story of Gerald Durrell” – Lee Durrell

“Island Biogeography: A Perspective from Tasmania” – Pete Hay

Part Two: Writing the Island
“Ag Dul Isteach go dti an Oilean / Going in to the Island: Insider and Outsider Perspectives on the Great Blasket Island ” – Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

“Time Abolished: A Brief Anatomy of an Aspect of Islomania ” – David Roessel

“Remarks on Sicilian Carousel and its Fabulator ” – Bruce Redwine

“Paradise Lost: Bitter Lemons and the End of Durrell’s Islomania” – David Green

Part Three: The Durrells in Corfu
“Nancy and Lawrence Durrell at the White House, Kalami” – Joanna Hodgkin

“Writing the Durrells” – Simon Nye in conversation with Dominic Green

Part Four: Writers of Corfu
Konstantin Theotokis: An Introduction – Anna Korniliou

“Theodore Stephanides: Trailing the Islands of his Mind” – Vera Konidari

“Islands, Continents, Worlds and Galaxies: Science and Sensibility in the Poetry of Theodore Stephanides” – Anthony Hirst

Spyros Plaskovitis – by Dimitris Konidaris and Perikles Pagratis

Part Five: Lawrence Durrell, Psychology and Philosophy
Leaving Home and Adolescence in Lawrence Durrell’s Pied Piper of Lovers: A Psychoanalytic Reading – Rony Alfandary

Islands of the Mind: A Response to Rony Alfandary’s “Psychoanalytic Reading” – Dominic Green

“The Indian Element in Lawrence Durrell’s Novels” – Ravindran Nambiar

“Lawrence Durrell’s “Heraldic Universe”: The Magnetic Island and Self-discovery” – Richard Pine

“The Metaphor of “Place-Time” and Lawrence Durrell’s Heraldic Universe” – Ciarán Benson

The Durrell Library of Corfu

is delighted to announce the publication by Cambridge Scholars Publishing





in a two-volume hardback edition

edited by Richard Pine

This unique collection of work by Lawrence Durrell brings together a vast range of unpublished and ephemeral material spanning his entire writing career, illustrating the diversity, candour, depth of interests and humanity, humour, philosophical imagination and critical and aesthetic vision of one of the twentieth century’s leading poets and novelists.

Illustrated throughout with photographs, cartoons by Lawrence and Nancy Durrell, manuscript notes by Durrell and memorabilia, ENDPAPERS & INKLINGS provides the general reader, the specialist and the book collector with an unprecedented insight into Durrell’s creativity and literary craftsmanship.

The collection is dedicated to Françoise Kestsman

The Editor: Richard Pine is Director of the Durrell Library of Corfu, and author of Lawrence Durrell: the Mindscape. He has previously edited Lawrence Durrell’s novels Judith and The Placebo. His numerous publications include The Diviner: the art of Brian Friel (1999), The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World (2014), Greece Through Irish Eyes (2015), The Minor Mythologies as Popular Literature: a student’s guide to texts and films (2018). He is a columnist for The Irish Times and Kathimerini and an obituarist for The Guardian, and editor of the online C.20 – an international journal.

978-1-5275-3847-4 (Volume One) £76.99978-1-5275-3898-6 (Volume Two) £76.99

Lawrence Durrell’s Endpapers and Inklings 1933-1988 volumes 1 and 2 can be purchased from

with a 25% discount

if you apply “ENDPAPERS25” to your online purchase



General Introduction

Lawrence Durrell: A Brief Chronology

Part One: Durrell on Durrell

To sing on unfaltering, at peace”
Self-Portrait: An Indian Childhood and a Greek Awakening
Blue Thirst”: Recollections of Corfu
Propaganda and Impropaganda: The Diplomat

Part Two: The Artist’s Eye

Pen as Pencil
Mary Mollo
Preface to Carlos Freire, L’Esprit des Lieux
The Art of John Veltri
Reno Wideson – Cyprus
George Pol Georgiou
Preface to Bill Brandt, Perspectives of Nudes
Preface to Rodolphe Hammadi, Carnavalet: regards sur un musée
Amy Nimr
Preface to Barbara Robinson, Lumières
The Paintings of Henry Miller

Part Three: Fictions

The Cherries”
The Will-Power Man”
The Magnetic Island”
Sappho – An Unfinished Novel

Part Four: Durrell at War

Introduction – Letters to Anaïs Nin
Letters to Elizabeth Smart, 1940
Letters to George Seferis, 1940
Keith Douglas – Alamein to Zem Zem
Return to Oasis”

Part Five: Spirit of Place

  1. Travel and travelogues  
The Magic of Islands
Introduction to Paul Gotch, Three Caravan Cities
Foreword to Freya Stark, The Journey’s Echo
Geneva – The diplomatic capital of Europe, the city of conciliation”
The Viennese Temper”
  1. Greece, the Balkans and the Levant
    Ionian Profile”, 1937
    Preface to Ilias Venezis, Aeolia, 1949
    Letters to Gostan Zarian, 1937-1951
    From a Winter Journal”, 1947
    Dreams, Divinations” – a deleted chapter from Reflections on a Marine Venus
    Preface to Erotokritos
    The Poetry of Elytis
    George Seferis
    Cyprus: from The Economist 1954-55, and The Times 1964 and 1970
    Yugoslavia, 1949
    Foreword to Dorothy Bohm, Egypt
    Foreword to E M Forster: Alexandria: a History and a Guide
    Alexandria, Cairo and Upper Egypt, 1977
(iii) Paris and Provence
Preface to David Gascoyne, Paris Journal 1937-39
Richard Aldington: Two Tributes
Preface to Diane Deriaz, La Tête à L’Envers
Hans Reichel
The Vines in Winter”
Preface to Antony Daniells, Uzès en Dessins
The Plant-Magic Man”
A Literary Menu
Pierre Mac Orlan
Claude Seignolle

Part Six: Durrell on Miller

The Happy Rock”
Watermark of the Angel: Miller’s Birthday”, 1976
Henry Miller: Studies in Genius”, 1949
Introduction, The Best of Henry Miller, 1959
The Mind and Art of Henry Miller”, 1967
Preface to Dear Dear Brenda, 1986

Part Seven: Dramas and Screenplays

The Boy Who Saw”
The Beautiful Pickpocket”
Two pieces about Sappho, 1960, 1961
A Note on Acte or the Prisoners of Time, 1961
Black Honey – an historical farce, 1945
Two treatments for Cleopatra, 1960-61
Oedipus: The Limping Man”, 1965-66

Part Eight: Essays, Lectures, Reviews and Introductions

  1. Writers and the craft of writing
    Lawrence Durrell and John Hawkes: a conversation, 1986
    From a Writer’s Journal”, 1947
    The Good Life”, 1962
    Introduction to New Poems 1963: a British P.E.N. Anthology
    Dylan Thomas
    Roy Campbell
    Henri Michaux – The Poet of Supreme Solipsism”
    The Minor Mythologies”
  2. The Worlds of Sex
    Foreword to Henry Miller: The World of Sex
    Djuna Barnes
    D H Lawrence
(iii) Lectures, California, 1974
  1. Reviews and Introductions, 1939-1988

Part Nine: Incorrigibilia

Bromo Bombastes: a fragment from a laconic drama, 1933
“Sportlight” from The Booster, 1937
“Obituary Notice – a Tragedy”, 1937
“Yorick’s Column”, 1941
“Continental Sunday”
“Maiden Over”
“The Price of Glory: Gleanings from a Writer’s In-Tray”

Part Ten: “The Asides of Demonax”

Frontispiece: Lawrence Durrell, “a juvenile Buddha who has just stolen the cream”
Volume One:
1 Anaïs Nin, inscription to Lawrence Durrell, Paris, 1938
2 A French newspaper cutting, 1970s, “Une prostituée découverte morte”
3 The White House, Kalami, Corfu
4 “Shrine of St Arsenius”, Corfu
5 The sailor Niko, Corfu, 1930s
6 Monks at Palaeiokastritsa, Corfu, 1930s
7 Procession of St Spyridon, Corfu Town, 1930s
8 The Liston arcades, Corfu Town
9 Lawrence Durrell at Delphi
10 The oracle, Delphi
11 Henry Miller and George Katsimbalis, Athens, 1939
12 George Katsimbalis and Lawrence Durrell, Athens, 1940
13 A manuscript page with doodles by Lawrence Durrell
14 Lawrence Durrell at work as Oscar Epfs
15 Lawrence Durrell, portrait by Brassaï
16 Nancy Durrell’s design for the title page, The Magnetic Island
17, 18, 19 Nancy Durrell’s illustrations for The Magnetic Island
20 Lawrence Durrell, self-portrait with Nancy, 1940
21 Lawrence Durrell, letter to Marie Aspioti, 1955
22 Lawrence Durrell with Theodore Stephanides and Alan Thomas
23 Lawrence Durrell with George Seferis, Cyprus, 1953
24 Cyprus: Lawrence Durrell’s diary, 1955
25 Lawrence Durrell at Abu Simbel, 1977 (BBC Archive photo)
26 Lawrence Durrell, inscription in Paris des Poètes, 1977
27 Durrell à Sommières, book cover
28 Lawrence Durrell and Ludo Chardenon, 1970s
29 Lawrence Durrell and Claude Seignolle, 1970s
Volume Two:
30 Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell
31 Filmscript of “Justine” by Lawrence B Marcus, with Lawrence Durrell’s comment
32 Lawrence Durrell, title page for Sappho
33 Lawrence Durrell, design for An Irish Faustus, 1987
34 A sample of Lawrence Durrell’s type- and hand-written notes for lectures at California Institute of Technology, 1974
35 Lawrence Durrell, sketch from lecture on James Joyce, 1974
36 “Oscar Epfs” sketch for Montségur (?), 1987-88
37 The title page of the first edition of Bromo Bombastes, 1933
38 George Curwen Wilkinson, illustration for Bromo Bombastes, 1933
39 “Nancy Norden”, cartoon for “Obituary Notice”, 1937
40 Lawrence Durrell, cover of “Asides of Demonax”, 1985
41 Lawrence Durrell, “Cunégonde”, c. 1985
42 Sappho Durrell, cartoon of Lawrence Durrell, 1972

The Durrell Log

a chronology of the life and times of Lawrence Durrell

by Brewster Chamberlin


A third, completely revised, edition of this indispensable work has been published by Colenso Books (UK)

In June 2019 the Durrell Library of Corfu published

Lawrence Durrell’s novella The Magnetic Island 

in a special limited edition of 124 copies which were presented to participants at


featuring the original text and a parallel translation into Greek by Vera Konidari

This edition was numbered 1-100 and a-w (in the Greek alphabet)

An additional 100 copies (unnumbered) are now offered for sale

at the price of 30 euros plus postage.

14. MAGNETICISLANDCOVER The cover features typography by Nancy Durrell, who also contributed three drawings, one of which is reproduced below.





an important addition to the LAWRENCE DURRELL canon:

publication (June 2018) of

The Placebo

The Placebo consists of the previously unpublished drafts for Tunc (1968): “A Village of Turtle-doves”, “The Placebo: an Attic Comedy” and “Dactyl”.

Dating from 1955 to the mid-1960s, they provide evidence of the evolution of Tunc as Durrell moved from an architectural metaphor for creativity and its relationship with nature (the building by Caradoc of a village in north-east Greece) to the role of Felix Charlock (about to become embroiled in the as yet un-named “Firm”) in pursuit of scientific enquiry in its relation to aesthetics.


The editors have provided two introductory essays: “From Fathy’s Gourna to Durrell’s Peristeri” by David Roessel and “The Placebo as a central text in Lawrence Durrell’s work” by Richard Pine. These analyse the texts and Durrell’s sources, including his friendship with the architect Austen Harrison, his knowledge of the building of New Gourna, in Upper Egypt, by Hassan Fathy, and the socio-cultural context of Greece in the immediate aftermath of the second world war.

Drawing on Durrell’s notebooks, manuscripts and typescripts to establish the principal topics addressed in The Placebo, the editors chart Durrell’s increasing disillusion with the decline of civilisation, the poverty of the written word and the marginalisation of creativity as he worked through a period of professional and personal depression. The Placebo offers a unique opportunity to study a creative intelligence engaging with universal issues in a profoundly personal way, and an insight into Durrell’s compositional methods over a ten-year period.

The text is copiously provided with explanatory notes of Durrell’s borrowings, allusions and quotations from classical Greek literature, philosophy and mythology. Four appendices include drafts of poems later published in The Ikons (1966) and some bizarre episodes in the career of Arthur Sipple, besides the full replies by Austen Harrison to a questionnaire from Durrell regarding the technical requirements of building a village.

The Placebo is also distinguished from Durrell’s other novels in that it is set entirely in Greece. The book is illustrated with photographs of Athens in the first half of the twentieth century, showing the city much as it still was in the period in which the book is set, the late 1940s to early 1950s. The cover is based on Durrell’s sketch for the village of “Peristeri”.

RICHARD PINE is Director of the Durrell Library of Corfu, the successor to the Durrell School of Corfu which he founded in 2001. The author of Lawrence Durrell: the Mindscape (1994/2005) his fifteen books include The Diviner: the art of Brian Friel (1990/1999), The Thief of Reason: Oscar Wilde and Modern Ireland (1995), The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World (2014), Greece Through Irish Eyes (2015) and Minor Mythologies: a Student’s Guide to Popular Literature (2018). He is a guest lecturer at the Ionian University, a columnist for The Irish Times and Kathimerini and an obituarist for The Guardian.

DAVID ROESSEL is the Peter and Stella Yiannos Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Stockton University. He is the author of In Byron’s Shadow: Modern Greece in the English and American Imagination (2002).

The Placebo is published in a limited, numbered edition at £20, 23 and $28 plus P&P.

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