Part 1 Apprentice Durrell: Ur-Durrell, Ian S. MacNiven; The Achievement and Failure - Durrell's Three Early Novels, Peter G. Christensen; ""Panic Spring"" and Durrell's Heraldic Birds of Rebirth, Donald P. Kaczvinsky; The Lawrence Durrell Collection at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Shelley Cox. Part 2 Familiar Durrell: The ""Romanticism"" of Durrell's Early Novels - Zoroaster in the Garden, Gordon K. Thomas; Durrell, Derrida and the Heraldic Universe, Lee T. Lemon; A Fellowship in Time - Durrell, Eliot and the Quest of the Grall, Carol Peirce; The Artist as Shaman - Durrell's ""Alexandria Quartet"", Paige Matthey Bynum. Part 3 Hidden Durrell: The Other Side of the Coin - Durrell's Antrobus Stories, James A. Brigham; Shilly Shandles - Lawrence Durrell, 18th-Century Rationalist, James R. Nichols; Lord Byron, Lawrence Durrel and Modern Philhellenism, Edmund Keeley; Reflections on a Slender Volume - Lawrence Durrell's ""The Ikons"", Herbert V. Fackler. Part 4 Final Durrell: Pleasures of the Immachination - Transformations of the Inanimate in Durrell and Pynchon, Leonard Orr; The Philosopher's Stone and Durrell's Psychological Vision in ""The Avignon Quintet"", Julius Rowan Raper; ""Members of One Another"" - Systemic Imagery in Durrell's ""Avignon Quartet"", Melody L. Enscore; Angkor Wat, the Kundalini and the Quinx - the Human Architecture of Divine Renewal in the ""Quincunx"", Paul H. Lorenz.
Julius Rowan Raper is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous books, most recently, Narcissus from Rubble: Competing Models of Character in Contemporary British and American Fiction.Melody L. Enscore currently manages technical comunication systems for a private-sector environmental chemistry firm in North Carolina. Paige Matthey Bynum is Lecturer at Duke Institute for Learning and Retirement in Durham, North Carolina.
"The book serves as an excellent introduction to Durrell's corpus as well as a fresh re-evaluation of the work."--Review of Contemporary Fiction