We are a non-profit educational organization promoting the works and study of Lawrence Durrell, a writer most active in the second half of the 20th century. To support an understanding of Durrell’s place in modernist and postmodernist traditions as well as in a canon of world literature, we sponsor meetings worldwide, publish a newsletter and journal, and provide a number of other resources. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and how to get involved on the Society page.

Successful Durrellian Gathering

Successful Durrellian Gathering

On Friday, February 5, Durrellians from seven different countries and a variety of time zones gathered virtually to share readings of Lawrence Durrell, discussion, and camaraderie.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  We enjoyed readings of poetry, the novels (especially The Alexandria Quartet), and the “island” books (like Bitter Lemons and Reflections on a Marine Venus).  It was fulfilling interchange that we hope to repeat periodically during this time of pandemic.  Stay tuned for another online gathering of Durrell fans later this year.

Web Durrellinar

Web Durrellinar

Please join us for an international Web Durrellinar on Friday, February 5, at 2:30 p.m. Paris time (that’s 8:30 a.m. Eastern time).   Since we can’t meet in Louisville this year due to the pandemic, this gathering on Zoom will replicate our communal experience with readings and mini-presentations on Durrell and related topics.  We invite all participants to select and read a 2-3-minute selection from a favorite Durrell work.  We plan to devote a few minutes to informal discussion following each reading.  For Zoom information, email ILDS President Isabelle Keller-Privat.

November 2020 Herald

November 2020 Herald

The latest issue of The Herald is here!  As usual, this issue is chock full of captivating articles, graphics, and reminiscences.  Thanks to the editors, Peter Baldwin and Steve Moore, for assembling the materials into a meaningful whole.  To read the issue, click here.

In Memoriam: Brewster Chamberlin

In Memoriam: Brewster Chamberlin

We have just lost another devoted Durrellian scholar and accomplished Renaissance man, Brewster Chamberlin.  He served as long-time Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. and on the faculty and board of the Durrell School in Corfu.  “To be guided around Avignon by Brewster was to experience the medieval renegade Papacy, and to feel the very stones of the great broken bridge!” (Ian MacNiven).  An obituary will be forthcoming when available.

In Memoriam: David Williams Russell

In Memoriam: David Williams Russell

David Williams Russell, a long-time and much-beloved member of the International Lawrence Durrell Society, passed away in Carmel, California at the age of 75 on Election Day, November 3, 2020.  To read about his remarkable life and accomplishments, click here.  We send our sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

New ILDS Officers Elected

New ILDS Officers Elected

During elections at our first-ever virtual meeting of the International Lawrence Durrell Society on June 24, the membership approved the following ILDS Executive Board for 2020-2022: Isabelle Keller-Privat, President; James Decker, Vice President; Paul Lorenz, Secretary-Treasurer; and at-large members Peter Baldwin, Pamela Francis, Steven Moore, David Radavich, and Fiona Tomkinson.  Thanks to all these Durrellians for their willingness to serve.  Plans are moving forward for a re-scheduled ILDS Conference in Toulouse, France, in May 2022.

Louisville 2021 Postponed

Louisville 2021 Postponed

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 has been postponed from February 2021 to February 2022.  Our Durrell-related scholarly panel has likewise been postponed.  The theme for this year’s panel was to have been “Modernist Bodies in Sickness and Health.”  We plan to revisit this timely topic when circumstances permit.

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