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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

February 27th, 2002

English novelist Lawrence Durrell (The Alexandria Quartet, 1957-60) is born in Jullundur, in Darjeeling, India, 1912.

Lawrence Durrell, b. February 27, 1912, d. 1990

durrelllawrenceonwinecaskIn the Sixties and Seventies, Durrell’s books sold very well and were widely read, especially his Alexandria Quartet. Curiously, his reputation fell away and nowadays no one talks much about him. This is a shame, because he was a talented and prolific writer in several genres, and his observations on the places he wrote from make for very good reading.

Suggested Reading Novels The Black Book, 1938. The Alexandria Quartet (Justine, 1957. Balthazar, 1958. Mountolive, 1958. Clea, 1960). Tunc, 1968. Nunquam, 1970. The Avignon Quintet (five books, 1974-1985). Travel Propero’s Cell, 1945. Reflections on a Marine Venus, 1953. Bitter Lemons, 1957. Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel, 1969. Blue Thirst, 1975. Sicilian Carousel, 1977. The Greek Islands, 1978.

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