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Gifford, James. "Critical Materials on Lawrence Durrell: A Bibliographic Checklist" Online. 18 July 2004. http://www.lawrencedurrell.org/bibliog/bibblack-c.htm.

James Gifford
gifford@ualberta.ca



Alphabetical by Author-Title | Chronological



Critical Sources on The Black Book:

Durrell, Lawrence. "The Black Book (Coda to Nancy)." The Booster 2.8 (1937): 19-23.
Notes: The dedication of this extract to Nancy may illuminate the "you" addressed throughout The Black Book, although the "Ego" and "Ego & Id" subtitles in the original make a clear figure for the pronoun difficult. The excerpt is from the closing pages of the novel.

Miller, Henry. "A Boost for The Black Book." The Booster 2.8 (1937): 18.

Durrell, Lawrence. The Black Book: An Agon. Villa Seurat Series 1. Paris: Obelisk Press, 1938.
Notes: This edition varies slightly from later reprints. Most significant are the subtitle and the titles to the three sections of the book (all omitted in later editions). The three sections are titled "ego & id," "ego," and "ego & id" respectively.

---. "Ego." Seven 1 (1938): 22-25.
Notes: Extract from The Black Book

O'Connor, Philip. "Review - "The Black Book," Lawrence Durrell." Seven 3 (1938): 55-56.

Porteus, Hugh Gordon. "Views and Reviews: DE ARTE MORIENDE." The New English Weekly 13.23 (1938): 341-42.
Notes: Review of The Black Book.

Durrell, Lawrence. "Gracie From The Black Book." New Directions in Prose and Poetry 4 (1939): 292-331.
Notes: This extract from The Black Book includes a lengthy introduction by James Laughlin (pp. 292-294) and marks the first appearance in the United States of a portion of the novel. Of the four portions of the novel published in periodicals, this is by far the most extensive.

Hawkins, Desmond. "The Black Book." Criterion 18.71 (1939): 316-18.

Kahane, Jack. Memoirs of a Bootlegger. London: Michael Joseph Ltd., 1939.
Notes: Durrell, along with Miller, is mentioned on three occasions (available via an index). Primarily, Durrell is mentioned with regard to The Black Book and the Villa Seurat Series.

"Review: New Directions in Prose and Poetry 1939." The New English Weekly 41.23 (1940): 342.
Notes: Refers to Durrell as a familiar author to The New English Weekly and gives strong praise for the excerpt from Durrell's Black Book, which the author notes is otherwise unavailable in English due to Customs restrictions.

Tindal, William York. Forces in Modern British Literature: 1885-1946. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.
Notes: Durrell is discussed at three points, all with regard to his poetry.

Waller, John. "Lawrence Durrell: A Clever Magician." Poetry Review 38.3 (1947): 177-82.

Fraser, G. S. The Modern Writer and His World. London: Derek Verschoyle, 1953.
Notes: See pp. 28 and 264. Durrell is discussed in more detail in the revised edition of 1964.

Perles, Alfred. My Friend Henry Miller. London: Neville Spearman Ltd., 1955.
Notes: See pages 132-133 and 167-176.

Rexroth, Kenneth. "The Footsteps of Horrace." Nation 184.18 May (1957): 444.

Durrell, Lawrence. "The Black Book." Two Cities 3 (1959): 1-22.
Notes: Fragments from The Black Book.

Flint, R. W. "A Major Novelist." Commentary 27.April (1959): 353-56.

Miller, Henry. "The Durrell of The Black Book Days." Two Cities 1 (1959): 3-6.

Perles, Alfred. "Enter Jupiter Jr." Two Cities 1 (1959): 7-10.

"Briefly Noted: Fiction." New Yorker 36.15 October (1960): 205.
Notes: Review of Durrell's The Black Book.

"Hello to All That." Time 76.19 September (1960): 106, 109.

Adams, Phoebe. "Lawrence Durrell in 1936." Atlantic 206.October (1960): 120-21.

Moore, Harry T. "Including a Tank of Very Odd Fish." New York Times Book Review .18 September (1960): 4.
Notes: Reprinted as "Durrell's Black Book" in Moore, Harry T., Ed. The World of Lawrence Durrell. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.; 1964; pp. 100-102.

Thomas, Dylan. "Letters to Lawrence Durrell." Two Cities 4 (1960): 1-5.
Notes: Five letters, with a prefatory note by Durrell.

Lerman, Leo. "Prelude to the Quartet." Saturday Review 43 (1960).

Rexroth, Kenneth. "Lawrence Durrell." Assays. Kenneth Rexroth. Norfolk: New Directions, 1961. 118-30.
Notes: reprinted in Friedman Critical Essays on Lawrence Durrell. Consists of three reviews.

Stockton, Adrian. "Books That Shocked 21: The Black Book." Books and Bookmen June (1961): 23-24.

Arthos, John. "Lawrence Durrell's Gnosticism." The Personalist 43.3 (1962): 360-73.

Hauge, Ingvar. "Lawrence Durrell Fram Til Aleksandriak-Vartetten." Samtiden 71 (1962): 220-26.

Miller, Henry. "The Durrell of The Black Book Days." The World of Lawrence Durrell. Ed Harry T. Moore. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1962. 95-99.
Notes: Reprinted from Two Cities 1959.

Moore, Harry T. "Durrell's Black Book." The World of Lawrence Durrell. Ed Harry T. Moore. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1962. 100-02.
Notes: from The New York Times Book Review 1960.

Glicksberg, Charles I. "The Fictional World of Lawrence Durrell." Bucknell Review 11 (1963): 118-33.

Howarth, Herbert. "Lawrence Durrell and Some Early Masters." Books Abroad 37.Winter (1963): 5-11.

van Aken, Piet. "De Problematiek Van De Plagiaat-Roman." Niew Vlaams Tijdschrift 16 (1963): 1259-73.

West, Paul. "England III." The Modern Novel. Paul West. London: Hutchison University Library, 1963. 99-123.
Notes: Durrell is mentioned a number of times throughout the book, but primarily in this chapter.

Widmer, Kingsley. Henry Miller. New York: Twayne, 1963.
Notes: Durrell is mentioned throughout the book.

Fraser, G. S. The Modern Writer and His World. 1953. London: Andre Deutsch Ltd., 1964.
Notes: Significantly revised edition. See pp. 182-184, 322, and 342-345.

McMahon, Joseph H. "City for Expatriates." Yale French Studies 32 (1964): 144-58.
Notes: Durrell's "English Death" is mentioned on p. 146 between discussions of Miller and Hemingway.

Unterecker, John. "The Protean World of Lawrence Durrell." On Contemporary Literature: An Anthology of Critical Essays on the Major Movements and Writers of Contemporary Literature. Ed Richard Kostelanetz. New York: Avon Books, 1964. 322-29.
Notes: Reprinted from College English 22.8 (1961), 531-538. Revision of Lawrence Durrell. New York: Columbia University Press, 1964.

Brown, Sharon Lee. "Lawrence Durrell and Relativity." diss. University of Oregon.
Notes: Dissertation Abstracts International 26:7310

Durrell, Lawrence. "The Black Book." The Olympia Reader: Selections From the Traveller's Companion Series. Ed. Maurice Girodias. New York: Quality Paperback Book Club, 1965. 136-68.
Notes: This contains excerpts from Durrell's novel of the same name. Also contains the 1959 E.P. Dutton introduction Durrell wrote for The Black Book.

Weigel, John A. Lawrence Durrell. New York: Twayne, 1965.
Notes: Later revised (substantially) & reprinted as Lawrence Durrell Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1989.

Lytle, Andrew Nelson. "The Hero With the Private Parts." The Hero With the Private Parts: Essays. Andrew Nelson Lytle. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1966. 42-59.
Notes: Ruth. North.

Brown, Sharon Lee. "The Black Book: A Search for Method." Modern Fiction Studies 13.3 (1967): 319-28.

Sertoli, Giuseppe. Lawrence Durrell. Civilta Letteraria Del Novecento: Sezione Inglese - Americana 6. Milano: University of Mersia, 1967.

Fraser, G. S. Lawrence Durrell: A Study. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1968.

Weigel, John A. "Lawrence Durrell's First Novel." Twentieth Century Literature 14.2 (1968): 75-83.

Goulianos, Joan. "Landscape of the Heart." Nation 209.14 July (1969): 56-57.
Notes: Review of Durrell's Spirit of Place.

Isernhagen, Hartwig. Sensation, Vision and Imagination: The Problem of Unity in Lawrence Durrell’s Novels. Bamberg: Bamberger Fotodruck, 1969.

Friedman, Alan Warren. Lawrence Durrell and "The Alexandria Quartet": Art for Love's Sake. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.

Temple, Frederic Jacques. "Preface." Down the Styx. Lawrence Durrell. Santa Barbara: Capricorn Press, 1971.

Brigham, James A. "The Critic and the Nymph: Thematic Development in the Novels of Lawrence Durrell, 1935-1960." Diss. University of Alberta, 1973.

Fraser, G. S. Lawrence Durrell: A Critical Study. 1968. London: Faber & Faber, 1973.
Notes: Revised edition.

Pownall, David E. "Lawrence Durrell." Articles on Twentieth Century Literature: An Annotated Bibliography 1954 to 1970. Ed. David E. Pownall. New York: Kraus-Thomason Organization Ltd., 1973. 728-42.
Notes: Contains bibliographical entries drawn from the journal Twentieth Century Literature.

Dawson, Carl. "From Einstein to Keats: A New Look at The Alexandria Quartet." Far-Western Forum: A Review of Ancient and Modern Letters 1 (1974): 109-28.

Ford, Hugh. "Jack Kahane and the Guardian Obelisk." Published in Paris: American and British Writers, Printers, and Publishers in Paris, 1920-1939. Hugh Ford. New York: Macmillan, 1975. 345-84.

Goldberg, Frederick. "The Movement Toward Survival." diss. Emory University.
Notes: DAI 36:2808A

Lis, Merleen O'Connor. "The Writer's Digest Interview: Lawrence Durrell." Writer's Digest 55 (1975): 18-20.

Sajavaara, Kari. Imagery in Lawrence Durrell's Prose. Mémoires De La Société Néophilologique De Helsinki 35. Helsinki: Société Néophilologique, 1975.
Notes: Sajavaara offers a detailed study of imagery in Durrell's works, as well as how imagery and theme interact.

Tomshany, Robert Aladar. "Counterpoint in Modern British Fiction: A Study of Norman Douglas, Aldous Huxley and Lawrence Durrell." Diss. University of Louisville, 1975.
Notes: DAI 36:7448A

Girodias, Maurice. J'Arrive!: Une Journee Sur La Terre. Paris: Stock, 1977.
Notes: Contains information on Lawrence & Nancy Durrell's time in Paris and the publication of The Black Book.

Barrett, John Walter. "Lawrence Durrell's The Black Book and The Alexandria Quartet: Some Existential and Jungian Correspondences." Diss. University of Northern Colorado, 1978.
Notes: DAI 39:4952-53A

Brigham, James A. "An Unacknowledged Trilogy." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Newsletter 2.3 (1979): 3-12.
Notes: Reprinted in Friedman, Alan Warren, Ed. Critical Essays on Lawrence Durrell. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1987. 103-109.

Morrison, James Raymond. "Memory and Light in Lawrence Durrell's The Revolt of Aphrodite." Labrys 5 (1979): 141-53.

Cartwright, Michael. "Playwright As Miracle Worker: An Irish Faustus." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Newsletter 3.4 (1980): 3-11.

Richtofen, Patrick von. "Lawrence Durrell, Prince of Denmark." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Quarterly 4.2 (1980): 3-14.

Brasch, James D., and Joseph Sigman. Hemingway's Library: A Composite Record. New York: Garland, 1981.
Notes: Durrell's books, Bitter Lemons, The Black Book, Esprite de Corps, Justine, and Stiff Upper Lip are items 1933-1937 (p. 110).

Shifreen, Lawrence J. "Faction in the Villa Seurat." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Quarterly 5.2 (1981): 1-19.

Thomas, Dylan. "Correspondance Avec Lawrence Durrell." Cahiers Renaud Barrault (Paris) 105 (1983): 5-13.
Notes: Translated by Marie-Claire Pasquier. It is a translation of Dylan Thomas' letters published in Two Cities 4 (1960): 1-5.

Kawano, Yoshihide. "A Note on Lawrence Durrell's Early Works, I: With Special References to The Black Book." Bulletin of Daito Bunka University: The Humanities 22 (1984).

MacNiven, Ian S., and Lawrence J. Shifreen. "Commentary." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Quarterly 7.5 (1984): 124.
Notes: On Miracle Ground II: Second International Lawrence Durrell Conference Proceedings

Montalbetti, Jean. "Lawrence Durrell, En Dix Mouvements." Magazine Litteraire (Paris) 210.Septembre (1984): 78-85.

Shifreen, Lawrence J. "Re-Evaluating the Durrell-Miller Canon." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Quarterly 7.5 (1984): 115-23.
Notes: On Miracle Ground II: Second International Lawrence Durrell Conference Proceedings

Campon, B. "Lawrence Durrell, the Cult to Difference: Interview." Cuadernos Del Norte 6.31 (1985): 77-82.

Lemon, Lee T. "Lawrence Durrell: The Uses of Uncertainty." Portraits of the Artist in Contemporary Fiction. Lee T. Lemon. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1985. 1-43.

Tolley, A. T. "The Course of British Modernism [II]." The Poetry of the Forties in Britain. A. T. Tolley. Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1985. 37-48.

Stevenson, Randall. "The Game of Mirrors: Lawrence Durrell and John Fowles." The British Novel Since the Thirties. Randall Stevenson. London: B.T. Batsford, Ltd., 1986. 203-09.

Brigham, James A. "An Unacknowledged Trilogy." Critical Essays on Lawrence Durrell. Ed. Alan Warren Friedman. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1987. 103-09.
Notes: Reprinted from: Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Newsletter 2.3 (1979): 3-12.

Friedman, Alan Warren, Ed. Critical Essays on Lawrence Durrell. Critical Essays on British Literature. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1987.

Nin, Anais. "Into the Heraldic Universe, Anais Nin's Letters to Lawrence Durrell, 1937-1939." Anais: An International Journal 5 (1987): 73-98.

Rexroth, Kenneth. "Lawrence Durrell." Critical Essays on Lawrence Durrell. Ed. Alan Warren Friedman. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1987. 15-30.

Fertile, Candace. "Love and Narrative in the Novels of Lawrence Durrell." Diss. University of Alberta.
Notes: Ann Arbor: UMI, 1989. 0564256. (DAI 49: 3032A)

Pine, Richard. The Dandy and the Herald: Manners, Mind and Morals From Brummell to Durrell. New York: St. Martin's, 1988.

Rohan, Jean-Pierre de. "Lawrence Durrell." Book and Magazine Collector .47 (1988): 22-29.
Notes: Contains a review of Durrell's publishing career, with a particular emphasis on British editions. Contains a bibliography of book publications in the UK of Durrell's materials, as well as a pricing guide for these works.

Baldwin, Peter. "From Pudding Island: A Personal View." Into the Labyrinth: Essays on the Art of Lawrence Durrell. Ed. Frank L. Kersnowski. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989. 125-30.

MacNiven, Ian S. "A Critical Friendship: Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller." Into the Labyrinth: Essays on the Art of Lawrence Durrell. Ed. Frank L. Kersnowski. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989. 1-21.

---. "Pied Piper of Death: Method and Theme in the Early Novels." On Miracle Ground: Essays on the Fiction of Lawrence Durrell. Ed. Michael H. Begnal. Lewisberg: Bucknell University Press, 1990. 24-40.

---. "Lawrence and Durrell: 'On the Same Tram'." D.H. Lawrence's Literary Inheritors. Eds Keith Cushman and Dennis Jackson. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991. 61-72.

Morrison, Ray. "Rémy De Gourmont and the Young Lawrence Durrell: A Creative Nexus." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal NS 1 (1992): 97-109.

Pelletier, Jacques. "Le Carnet Noir De Lawrence Durrell Et Le Roman De La Transition." Etudes Litteraires 27.2 (1994): 123-33.

Christensen, Peter G. "The Achievement and Failure: Durrell's Three Early Novels." Lawrence Durrell: Comprehending the Whole. Eds Julius Rowan Raper, Melody L. Enscore, and Paige Matthey Bynum. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995. 22-32.

Durrell, Lawrence. "Powdering Hare-Lips." Ralph: The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities 11.3 (1995): n.pag.
Notes: An online journal: <http://www.ralphmag.org>.

Friedman, Alan Warren. "Late Modernism: Lawrence Durrell." Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise. Alan Warren Friedman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. 250-65.

Rook, Robin. At the Foot of the Acropolis: A Study of Lawrence Durrell's Novels. Birmingham, England: The Delos Press, 1995.

Thomas, Gordon K. "The 'Romanticism' of The Black Book: Zoroaster in the Garden." Lawrence Durrell: Comprehending the Whole. Eds Julius Rowan Raper, Melody L. Enscore, and Paige Matthey Bynum. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995. 55-61.

Alexandre-Garner, Corinne. "Durrell: La Clôture Impossible?" Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines 10 (1996): 83-98.

Carruthers, Virginia Kirby-Smith, Ed. On Miracle Ground VII Abstracts. Baltimore: University of Baltimore, 1996.
Notes: Collects the abstracts of On Miracle Ground VII, International Lawrence Durrell Conference, July 1-4, 1992, Avignon, France.

MacNiven, Ian S. "Lawrence Durrell: Writer of East and West." S B Academic Review: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research 5.1 (1996): 7-10.
Notes: The journal is published for The Centre for Research, S B College, Changanassery, Kerala 686 101, India.

Veldeman, Marie-Christine. "A Reading of Lawrence Durrell's Avignon Quintet." S B Academic Review: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research 5.1 (1996): 19-26.
Notes: The journal is published for The Centre for Research, S B College, Changanassery, Kerala 686 101, India.

Alexandre-Garner, Corinne. "Black Snow in Winter: Anais in Paris-The Lawrence Durrell Connection." Anais Nin: Literary Perspectives. Ed Suzanne Nalbantian. New York: St. Martin's, 1997. 236-53.
Notes: Discusses Durrell's Black Book, "Zero" and "Asylum in the Snow," among other texts.

Kaczvinsky, Donald P. Lawrence Durrell's Major Novels, or The Kingdom of the Imagination. London: Associated University Presses, 1997.

Alexandre-Garner, Corinne. "En Guise De Conclusion... De La Naissance De L'Écriture â La Bibliotheque Disparue." Lawrence Durrell: Actes Du Colloque Pour L'Inauguration De La Bibliothèque Durrell. Ed. Corinne Alexandre-Garner. Nanterre, France: Université Paris-X, 1998. 277-86.

Gallup, Donald C. "Collecting Lawrence Durrell 1955-1986." What Mad Pursuits! More Memories of a Yale Librarian. Donald C. Gallup. New Haven: Yale University, 1998. 110-15.
Notes: Mistakenly lists Durrell's death as before 1988.

Gascoyne, David. "Lawrence Durrell." Selected Prose 1934-1996. David Gascoyne. London: Enitharmon Press, 1998. 270-73.
Notes: Originally published as an obituary in The Independent 19 November 1990.

Pine, Richard. "The 'Aquarians'." Lawrence Durrell: Actes Du Colloque Pour L'Inauguration De La Bibliothèque Durrell. Ed. Corinne Alexandre-Garner. Nanterre, France: Université Paris-X, 1998. 61-69.

Armstrong, James. "'Banned in America by the U.S. Customs Officials!': The Publication of Peter Neagoe's Storm (1932)." The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America 93.1 (1999): 38-51.
Notes: Durrell and Miller are discussed and used as evidence in the author's analysis of the banning of Neagoe's work, all being published by the Obelisk Press.

Kaczvinsky, Donald P. "The Kingdom of the Imagination: A Study of the Major Novels Of Lawrence Durrell." Diss. Pennsylvania State University.

Decker, James M. "The Black Book, Hamlet, and Lawrence Durrell's Parodic Prose." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal NS 7 (1999-2000): 101-09.

Vipond, Diane L. "A Post-Colonial Reading of Lawrence Durrell's The Black Book." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal NS 7 (1999-2000): 110-25.

Gifford, James. "Epistemological Skepticism In The Novels Of Lawrence Durrell: A Study In The Development Of Postmodern Fiction And Its Subsequent Effects On Analytic Methodologies." Thes. California State University Dominguez Hills, 2000.

Maynard, John. "Two Mad-Dog Englishmen in the Corfu Sun: Lawrence Durrell and Edward Lear." Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal ns 8 (2001-2002): 33-43.

Pine, Richard. "Nostos: The Durrells and Corfu." The Anglo-Hellenic Review 26 (2002): 3-5.

Keller, Isabelle. "'Pro CREATION Re CREATION' (Nunquam 91): The Doomed Kingdom in Lawrence Durrell's Revolt of Aphrodite." Culture and the State: Alternative Interventions. Eds. James Gifford and Gabrielle Zezulka-Mailloux. Vol. IV. Edmonton, AB: CRC Studio, Publishers, 2004. 220-36.


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