Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India, where his engineer father was working on construction of the country’s first railway. The oldest of four children, Durrell was sent back to England at eleven to complete his education. Failing to gain admission to Cambridge, Durrell held a series of brief jobs in London while resolving to become a writer. His first collection of poetry, Quaint Fragment, was published in 1931. His first novel, Pied Piper of Lovers, about life in Bloomsbury, came out in 1935; several sections were inspired by his Indian childhood.

In 1935, Durrell moved with his first wife, his mother and his siblings (including brother Gerald, later to be a major wildlife conservationist) to Corfu, where he wrote his second novel, Panic Spring...Show More »

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