New Lawrence Durrell Reference Book

The Durrell Log: A Chronology of the Life and Times of Lawrence Durrell,  by Brewster Chamberlin, £15.50 GBP, can be obtained via Amazon.uk as well as the publisher, Colenso Books, 68 Palatine Road, London N16 8ST, UK.  This is a retitled, revised, reorganized, enlarged and chronologically extended version of what was originally published by the Durrell School of Corfu, in 2007, as A Chronology of the Life and Times of Lawrence Durrell, Homme de Lettres.

This new edition is divided into sections according to Durrell’s many countries of  residence, and subdivided in the case of his long residence in France (the second half of  his life) by the names of his wives or companions during the period in question. It begins with “Antecedents” dealing with the history of his family prior to his birth, and concludes with “Aftermath”, chronicling the events related to the dissemination and discussion of his oeuvre in the 29 years since his death in 1990. Running heads make the book much easier to navigate, as does the indication of the year or years in question on each double-page opening. Its usefulness is further enhanced by a 16-page “Index of  Persons”. Frequent reference to the works of other authors gives an idea of the intellectual and cultural context in which Durrell lived and wrote.

Brewster Chamberlin is a prolific author of poetry and fiction, and the author of a companion volume, The Hemingway Log: A Chronology of His Life and Times, published in 2015 by the University of Kansas Press.

Review: As an avid Anaïs Nin scholar, I have found The Durrell Log a very handy reference book, chronologically arranged and alphabetically indexed, which has helped me personally as I conduct Nin research. Precise dates and locations are given whenever possible, and the passages, though concise, are very informative. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in or studying Lawrence Durrell, Anaïs Nin or Henry Miller, as well as a host of other Durrell associates. Paul Herron, Editor, Sky Blue Press

Anaïs Nin Podcast #35: Preserving a Gemor Press Site in Greenwich Village

One of Anaïs Nin’s most famous actions during the 1940s was printing her own books under the imprint of Gemor Press, which was named after her printing partner and long-time lover, Gonazalo More. When no commercial New York publisher would touch Nin’s esoteric works, her husband, Hugh Guiler, gave her $100 toward the purchase of an old hand-operated press. At first the press was housed at 144 MacDougal St. in Greenwich Village, and then, in 1944, was relocated at 17 E. 13th St. Sadly, the MacDougal St. location was razed many years ago, and while the 13th St. building still stands, it is in danger of being destroyed in the name of urban development. Fortunately, there is an organization—the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP)—which is advocating designating it a historic landmark.

17 E. 13th St., former site of Gemor Press

In this podcast, I interview the executive director of the GVSHP, Andrew Berman, about the group’s efforts and discover what we, average citizens, can do to help preserve this important literary site.

Run time: 23:08

To listen to the podcast with iTunes, click here.

To listen without iTunes, click here.

To see GVSHP’s blog post on the former Gemor site, click here.