As the author says in his preface, this is not a biography, nor is it a study of the writings. It is a list of events related to Lawrence Durrell's life and the history of his times. Here is a sample, the entries for the beginning of 1952: January: LD finishes Reflections on a Marine Venus. January 21: A reading of a shortened version of [LD's play] Sappho arranged in London by Margaret Rawlings. February 19: Knut Hamsun, supporter of the Nazis and admired by [Henry] Miller, Nobel 1920, dies at 93, not quite comprehending why his reputation has suffered since 1945. February 27: LD is 40 years old. March: Leslie Durrell marries Doris Hall. April: [LD's] A Key to Modern Modern Poetry published by Peter Neville in London and the University of Oklahoma Press as A Key to Modern British Poetry (based on the Argentine lectures). April 1: Eve McClure moves to Big Sur to care for Miller's two children, who are living with him. May: LD takes the family on a six-week camping trip through Macedonia into Greece, during which Sappho becomes one year old. Ca. June: The Durrells are camping on the peninsula of Chalcidice opposite the island of Thassos. July 8: The Durrells return to Belgrade.
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