Ray Greenblatt’s essay on Lawrence Durrell’s novel Justine. He is an editor on the Schuylkill Valley Journal and teaches a Joy of Poetry course at Temple University-OLLI
Lawrence Durrell worked in all literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama, essays; also in letters, travel and humor. But especially in the novel he probed character and incident so deeply that in his writing career he was compelled to create multiply connected novels: two books made up the work titled The Revolt of Aphrodite; The Avignon Quintet; and The Alexandria Quartet. In this latter series, for me, Justine fascinates and sparkles the most intensely.
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