Caesar's Vast Ghost is the fruit not only of Lawrence Durrell's long residence in Provence but also of his last years of life. He had settled in the region after three and a half years in Cyprus and a brief hiatus in Britain, living finally in the town of Sommières in a large house bought in 1966 with proceeds from The Alexandria Quartet (1957-60). He brought with him Claude-Marie Vincendon, whom he would marry in 1961 and who would die suddenly and unexpectedly of cancer in early 1967. Durrell married again – briefly – in 1973, but spent his final years in the companionship of Françoise Kestsman.
The opening sections of Caesar's Vast Ghost touch upon the author's own introduction to Provence, and …
Koger, Grove. "Caesar's Vast Ghost". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 January 2005
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