Deus Loci

A Poem

DURRELL, Lawrence

INSCRIBED FOR T. S. ELIOT

DURRELL, Lawrence Deus Loci A Poem

Privately Printed for the Author, 1950.

First edition. Number 46 of 200 copies privately printed for the author. Inscribed by Durrell for T. S. Eliot to the colophon, "T. S. Eliot OM, by Lawrence Durrell". In the original paper wrappers. A fine, unopened copy.

An excellent association copy of a rare item.
T. S. Eliot played an important role in Durrell's literary career, and in 1937 recommended to his colleagues at Faber that they publish his first work, The Black Book. Although that book ended up being published in Paris, Eliot would go on to be Durrell's editor at Faber, with the firm publishing Panic Spring in 1938, and went on to publish the Alexandria Quartet among other works. Reflecting on their relationship in the 1960, Durrell wrote:
"If this was for me a fruitful and rewarding relationship, it was entirely due to this painstaking and gentle man whose mind had so fine a cutting edge, and who undertook his duties so seriously and with such method that he went far beyond them in his dealings with the young writers of the house... The real mystery is where the devil he found time to deal with us all in such detail, criticizing, consoling, and encouraging. In my case it can only be accounted for by suggesting that he was some sort of saint".

PROVENANCE: T. S. Eliot (presentation inscription).

Stock ID: 42585

£6,500.00

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