Lawrence Durrell

1912 (Jullundur, India, now Jalandhar, Pakistan) – 1990 (Sommières, France)

Durrell wrote to Miller admiring his writing, and joined Miller and Anaïs Nin in Paris as the self-styled ‘Three Musketeers.’ With Alfred Perlès they formed a close-knit literary group, Durrell counting among Nin’s lovers. The friendship with Miller was close, lasting 45 years, and bound by common passions and a comradely resistance to the world’s pitfalls. Barker used to borrow his typewriter, Katsimbalis and Seferis talked literary politics and gave “modern lit a bashing” with him, while Eliot stood up for him in London. Leigh Fermor (befriended in wartime Cairo), Macaulay and Stark all stayed with him in Cyprus.

Lawrence Durrell knew…