The Black Book

Author(s): Lawrence Durrell

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First published in Paris in 1938, Durrell's third novel is the story, told from the inside, of the lives and loves of a group of struggling writers and artists in a seedly London hotel. Controversial at the time because of its sexual frankness, the book was finally published in its complete form only through the efforts of Henry Miller.

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A group of intellectuals live a life of debauchery in Lawrence Durrell's third novel.

Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India. He attended the Jesuit College at Darjeeling and St Edmund's School, Canterbury. His first literary work, The Black Book, appeared in Paris in 1938. His first collection of poems, A Private Country, was published in 1943, followed by the three Island books: Prospero's Cell, Reflections on a Marine Venus, about Rhodes, and Bitter Lemons, his account of life in Cyprus. Durrell's wartime sojourn in Egypt led to his masterpiece, The Alexandria Quartet, which he completed in southern France where he settled permanently in 1957. Between the Quartet and The Avignon Quintet he wrote the two-decker Tunc and Nunquam. His oeuvre includes plays, a book of criticism, translations, travel writing, and humorous stories about the diplomatic corps. Caesar's Vast Ghost, his reflections on the history and culture of Provence, including a late flowering of poems, appeared a few days before his death in Sommieres in 1990.

General Fields

  • : 9780571283941
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : May 2012
  • : 198mm X 126mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.912
  • : 256
  • : Lawrence Durrell