Lawrence Durrell, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Lawrence Durrell

British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer

Date of Birth: 27-Feb-1912

Place of Birth: Jalandhar, Punjab, India

Date of Death: 08-Nov-1990

Profession: poet, playwright, biographer, novelist, autobiographer

Nationality: United Kingdom

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Lawrence Durrell

  • Lawrence George Durrell (; 27 February 1912 – 7 November 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer.
  • He was the oldest brother of naturalist and writer Gerald Durrell. Born in India to British colonial parents, he was sent to England at the age of eleven for his education.
  • He did not like formal education, but started writing poetry at age 15.
  • His first book was published in 1935, when he was 23.
  • In March 1935 he and his wife, and his mother and younger siblings, moved to the island of Corfu.
  • Durrell spent many years thereafter living around the world. His most famous work is The Alexandria Quartet, a tetralogy published between 1957 and 1960.
  • The best-known novel in the series is the first, Justine.
  • Beginning in 1974, Durrell published The Avignon Quintet, using many of the same techniques.
  • The first of these novels, Monsieur, or the Prince of Darkness, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1974.
  • The middle novel, Constance, or Solitary Practices, was nominated for the 1982 Booker Prize.
  • By the end of the century, Durrell was a bestselling author and one of the most celebrated writers in England.Durrell supported his writing by working for many years in the Foreign Service of the British government.
  • His sojourns in various places during and after World War II (such as his time in Alexandria, Egypt) inspired much of his work.
  • He married four times, and had a daughter with each of his first two wives.

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