We are a non-profit educational organization promoting the works and study of Lawrence Durrell, a writer most active in the second half of the 20th century. To support an understanding of Durrell’s place in modernist and postmodernist traditions as well as in a canon of world literature, we sponsor meetings worldwide, publish a newsletter and journal, and provide a number of other resources. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and how to get involved on the Society page.

In Memoriam: Brewster Chamberlin

In Memoriam: Brewster Chamberlin

We have just lost another devoted Durrellian scholar and accomplished Renaissance man, Brewster Chamberlin.  He served as long-time Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. and on the faculty and board of the Durrell School in Corfu.  “To be guided around Avignon by Brewster was to experience the medieval renegade Papacy, and to feel the very stones of the great broken bridge!” (Ian MacNiven).  An obituary will be forthcoming when available.

In Memoriam: David Williams Russell

In Memoriam: David Williams Russell

David Williams Russell, a long-time and much-beloved member of the International Lawrence Durrell Society, passed away in Carmel, California at the age of 75 on Election Day, November 3, 2020.  To read about his remarkable life and accomplishments, click here.  We send our sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

New ILDS Officers Elected

New ILDS Officers Elected

During elections at our first-ever virtual meeting of the International Lawrence Durrell Society on June 24, the membership approved the following ILDS Executive Board for 2020-2022: Isabelle Keller-Privat, President; James Decker, Vice President; Paul Lorenz, Secretary-Treasurer; and at-large members Peter Baldwin, Pamela Francis, Steven Moore, David Radavich, and Fiona Tomkinson.  Thanks to all these Durrellians for their willingness to serve.  Plans are moving forward for a re-scheduled ILDS Conference in Toulouse, France, in May 2022.

Louisville 2021 Postponed

Louisville 2021 Postponed

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 has been postponed from February 2021 to February 2022.  Our Durrell-related scholarly panel has likewise been postponed.  The theme for this year’s panel was to have been “Modernist Bodies in Sickness and Health.”  We plan to revisit this timely topic when circumstances permit.

The Herald, Vol. 45

The Herald, Vol. 45

The newest volume of The Herald has been posted and can be found online here.  You’ll want to read this to get the updated information regarding the ILDS ‘On Miracle Ground’ conference which, due to the covid-19 pandemic, was postponed until 2022.  Included in this volume is a lengthy eulogy for Michael Haag which was received after publication of Volume 44 which was dedicated to the memory of Michael.  Also included is new reading pertaining to Scobie.  You can retrieve back issues of The Herald by clicking here.

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