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Lawrence (George) Durrell - Life and work, Major works

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British novelist and poet, born in Darjeeling, NE India. He studied at Canterbury, and eloped with his future wife to Paris, where he met Henry Miller and began to write novels. He taught English in Athens, then served in the Foreign Office in Cairo, Athens, and Belgrade, settling in Cyprus (1953). He first made his name with Prospero's Cell (1945), followed by the cosmopolitan multi-love story comprising the ‘Alexandria Quartet’ (1957–60): Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, and Clea. A series of five novels commenced in 1974 with Monsieur, followed by Livia (1978), Constance (1982), Sebastian (1983), and Quinx (1985). He also wrote several books of poems, short stories, and travel books.

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