Lawrence Durrell

LAWRENCE GEORGE DURRELL (1912–1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer, best known for the four novels that constitute the Alexandria Quartet. He was born in Jalandhar, British India, the eldest son of Indian-born British colonials. After reading Tropic of Cancer he wrote to Henry Miller, a correspondence that begot a lifelong friendship with the writer and bore a great influence on his own writing. Famously he moved with his wife and his family to the island of Corfu. He later separated with his wife and spent the years during World War Two as a press attaché to the British Embassies in Cairo and Alexandria. It was in Egypt that he met his next wife Eve Cohen, who was the inspiration behind the titular character Justine of the first novel in the Alexandrian Quartet. He would marry twice more before his death in 1990.

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