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“A Wartime Correspondence”: ABC Radio Broadcasts Special on Durrell-Miller Friendship

Henry Miller & Lawrence Durrell, Corfu (1939)

Radio Australia/ABC has announced the upcoming broadcast of a special program highlighting the friendship of Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller:

From 1935 – 1980 Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller sustained one of the most lively and remarkable literary correspondences in modern history. This program dips into these letters. They’re raunchy, sexist, insightful and competitive. They also reflect how different these two writers were in their reaction to WWII. One ran away, while the other stayed and found a new depth in his experience of life.

Henry Miller is best known for his notorious, and for a long time banned, Tropic of Cancer. Lawrence Durrell, on the other hand, is remembered for his intriguing Alexandria Quartet which made a splash in literary and bohemian circles in the 1960s and ‘70s. The first and most famous of these four novels Justine was depicted in 1986 by Brett Whitley, who painted his wife, Wendy, sprawled on Bondi Beach in a blue bikini reading the book Justine through dark sunglasses.

A Wartime Correspondence–Lawrence Durrell & Henry Miller is written and narrated by David Green, who spoke with two Durrell specialists Ian MacNiven and Michael Haag, as well as Durrell’s step daughter – Joanna Hodgkin.

Durrell 2012 congratulates David Green on the upcoming broadcast of A Wartime Correspondence, and we look forward to hearing these interviews with our friends Ian MacNiven, Michael Haag, and Joanna Hodgkin.  Well done, David!

A Wartime Correspondence is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday, 14 April 2013 at 1:05PM. (AEST = 10 hours ahead of UTC.)

Full broadcast and production details can be found at Radio Australia/ABC.

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“All Sorts of Unexpected Meetings and Links”: Virago Books Hosts Release Party for Amateurs in Eden.

On 7 February 2012, Virago Books hosted a book launch for Amateurs in Eden, Joanna Hodgkin’s new biography of her mother, Nancy Durrell Hodgkin.

Joanna tells us that the party was held at one of Fiztrovia’s longstanding literary landmarks – the Wheatsheaf – “a small pub with a proper 1930s atmosphere”:

Despite Siberian temperatures outside, it was a really great party – a lovely mix of people from all different bits of my life. My fear had been that everyone would stay with who they knew, but in fact there were all sorts of unexpected meetings and links.

The event included readings from Lawrence Durrell’s poetry, and Joanna reports that all copies of Amateurs in Eden sold out before the end of the party – a very promising sign!

Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary congratulates our friend Joanna Hodgkin on the the successful release of her new book, Amateurs in Eden.  We look forward to joining Joanna and the other invited speakers during the Durrell Centenary events, 13 – 16 June 2012.

See the Durrell 2012 draft schedule to learn when Joanna Hodgkin and other invited speakers will be giving their talks.

Read Durrell 2012’s exclusive interview with Joanna Hodgkin.

Her story is not a footnote; it is absolutely central” – Read The Independent’s book review of Amateurs in Eden.

Days of Heaven” – Read The Economist’s book review of Amateurs in Eden.

Visit the Amateurs in Eden blogsite.

Take advantage of a special discounted offer from Virago Books.

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