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 much of his early work, including a provocative and controversial novel, The Black Book (1938). Durrell died in France in 1990.

The time Lawrence spent with his family, mother Louisa, siblings Leslie, Margaret Durrell, and Gerald Durrell, on the island of Corfu were the subject of Gerald’s memoirs and have been filmed numerous times for TV.

Author website: http://www.lawrencedurrell.org/

Books in order of publication:

Novels

  • Pied Piper of Lovers (1935)
  • Panic Spring, under the pseudonym Charles Norden (1937)
  • The Black Book (1938; republished in the UK on 1 January 1977 by Faber and Faber)
  • Cefalu (1947; republished as The Dark Labyrinth in 1958)
  • White Eagles Over Serbia (1957)
  • The Alexandria Quartet (1962)
    • Justine (1957)
    • Balthazar (1958)
    • Mountolive (1958)
    • Clea(1960)
  • The Revolt of Aphrodite (1974)
    • Tunc (1968)
    • Nunquam (1970)
  • The Avignon Quintet (1992)
    • Monsieur: or, The Prince of Darkness (1974)
    • Livia: or, Buried Alive (1978)
    • Constance: or, Solitary Practices (1982)
    • Sebastian: or, Ruling Passions (1983)
    • Quinx: or, The Ripper’s Tale (1985)
  • Judith (2012, written 1962-c. 1966)

Travel

  • Prospero’s Cell: A guide to the landscape and manners of the island of Corcyra [Corfu] (1945; republished 2000)
  • Reflections on a Marine Venus (1953)
  • Bitter Lemons (1957; republished as Bitter Lemons of Cyprus 2001)
  • Blue Thirst (1975)
  • Sicilian Carousel (1977)
  • The Greek Islands (1978)
  • Caesar’s Vast Ghost (1990)

Poetry

  • Quaint Fragments: Poems Written between the Ages of Sixteen and Nineteen (1931)
  • Ten Poems (1932)
  • Transition: Poems (1934)
  • A Private Country (1943)
  • Cities, Plains and People (1946)
  • On Seeming to Presume (1948)
  • The Poetry of Lawrence Durrell (1962)
  • Selected Poems: 1953–1963 Edited by Alan Ross (1964)
  • The Ikons (1966)
  • The Suchness of the Old Boy (1972)
  • Collected Poems: 1931–1974 Edited by James A. Brigham (1980)
  • Selected Poems of Lawrence Durrell Edited by Peter Porter (2006)

Drama

  • Bromo Bombastes, under the pseudonym Gaffer Peeslake (1933)
  • Sappho: A Play in Verse (1950)
  • An Irish Faustus: A Morality in Nine Scenes (1963)
  • Acte (1964)

Humour

  • Esprit de Corps (1957)
  • Stiff Upper Lip (1958)
  • Sauve Qui Peut (1966)
  • Antrobus Complete (1985), a collection of short stories, previously published in various magazines, about life in the diplomatic corps.

Letters and essays

  • A Key to Modern British Poetry (1952)
  • Art & Outrage: A Correspondence About Henry Miller Between Alfred Perles and Lawrence Durrell (1959)
  • Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller: A Private Correspondence (1962) edited by George Wickes
  • Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel (1969) edited by Alan G. Thomas
  • Literary Lifelines: The Richard Aldington—Lawrence Durrell Correspondence (1981) edited by Ian S. MacNiven and Harry T. Moore
  • A Smile in the Mind’s Eye (1980)
  • “Letters to T. S. Eliot” (1987) Twentieth Century Literature Vol. 33, No. 3 pp. 348–358.
  • The Durrell-Miller Letters: 1935–80 (1988), edited by Ian S. MacNiven
  • Letters to Jean Fanchette (1988), edited by Jean Fanchette
  • From the Elephant’s Back: Collected Essays & Travel Writings (2015), edited by James Gifford.