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A Smile in His Mind's Eye: A Study of the Early Works of Lawrence Durrell Hardcover – July 15, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0802089397 ISBN-10: 0802089399 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover: 530 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (July 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802089399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802089397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,393,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ray Morrison is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at Carleton University.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2006
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A Smile In His Mind's Eye: A Study Of The Early Works Of Lawrence Durrell is an examination of a truly multicultural 20th century author. Durrell (1912-1990) spent his childhood in India and his adult life in France and Greece; his writing included novels, poetry, travel writing, essays, and drama; perhaps his best known work is "The Alexandria Quartet", and he is remembered for blending Western concepts of time and space with Eastern metaphysics. A Smile In His Mind's Eye studies Durrell's oft-neglected work prior to the Second World War, with particular interest in his embrace of Taoism and his shift away from Western patriarchal framework to a more Eastern, feminine-centered point of view. Chapters analyze "Pied Piper of Lover", "Panic Spring", and "The Black Book" in particular, as well offering a broader digestion of how Durrell's early work evolved and what this says of him. A welcome and erudite treatise of literary criticism.
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