International Lawrence Durrell Society

On Miracle Ground XIV:
Durrell and the Archive: The Modernist Milieu

June 25-29, 2006      |      Durrell and the Archive

Swartz Bay, 2005. Photo courtesy J. Gifford

The Special Collections of the McPherson Library at the University of Victoria houses a collection of correspondence, manuscript, typscript, and print works by and about Lawrence Durrell. Excellent ancillary materials are also on hand. The Durrell holdings largely derive from Alfred Perles' correspondence with and collection of Durrell and Henry Miller.

Other well represented authors in the Special Collections' English Literature Collections include:

:. Robert Graves
:. T. S. Eliot
:. Herbert Read
:. Henry Miller
:. John Betjeman
:. Ezra Pound
:. E. M. Forster
:. Michael Fraenkel
:. David Gascoyne
:. John Cowper Powys

Nearby archives, in Vancouver (accessible by ferry or air), include the University of British Columbia's Rare Books and Special Collections, which is particularly strong for its Nineteenth Century materials and Malcolm Lowry collection.

Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, also houses an excellent Contemporary Literature Collection with over 40,000 items and 146 metres of manuscripts. Highlighted authors within that collection include Ezra Pound, H.D., Gertrude Stein, the Black Mountain movement, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Beats, the New York School, and the Tish group.

Whenever possible, we will attempt to accommodate papers and presentations on topics related to these local archival holdings, provided thematic ties can be made to a panel within the conference. Authors should consider proposing coherent panels or detailing connections to the conference's thematic foci in their proposal.

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