Lawrence Durrell: The Alexandria Quartet

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  • Grove Koger (Independent Scholar - Europe)

The four novels of The Alexandria QuartetJustine (1957), Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958), and Clea (1960) – appeared in rapid succession in Britain and the United States, exciting critical acclaim and enjoying popular success. Lawrence Durrell had been known to a small readership for his poetry, his experimental (and banned) novel The Black Book (1938), and his travel memoirs Prospero's Cell (1945) and Reflections on a Marine Venus (1953). Now, in four substantial volumes, he seemed to have marshalled his resources and staked a claim to both literary greatness and bestsellerdom. Whatever the merits of the works his contemporaries were producing in the 1950s, most of …

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Koger, Grove. "The Alexandria Quartet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 October 2002
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