University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: March 2015
Features: Preface, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Literary Essays;Cultural Studies;Travel Writing
Subject(s): LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays, Literary Essays;Cultural Studies;Travel Writing, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literature, Modernist Studies, Travel
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Estate of Lawrence Durrell. Born in Jalandhar, British India, Lawrence Durrell (1912–1990) was a critically hailed novelist, poet, and travel writer best known for the Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century.

Dr. James Gifford. James Gifford is Associate Professor of English and the Director of the University Core Curriculum at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Vancouver. He has published several scholarly works on Lawrence Durrell. His latest publication is Personal Modernisms (2014).

Peter Baldwin.

"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, From The Elephant's Back is an outstanding collection of masterfully crafted essays organized into four major sections: Personal Positions; Ideas About Literature; Eternal Contemporaries; and Spirit of Place: Travel Writings. Very highly recommended for academic library collections, From The Elephant's Back will prove to be engaging, memorable, thought-provoking reading, and ultimately rewarding."

Midwest Book Review


"...buy the book for Durrell’s wit, elegance, philosophy, joie de vivre and flaming intelligence."

Richard Pine, The Irish Times


"A century after Durrell's birth, readers will find Gifford's reconsideration necessary to that century's understanding of itself."


"The result is that this edition promises to open up new approaches to interpreting Durrell's more famous work. Durrell fans will treasure the book's selection of rare nonfiction, while scholars of Durrell, modernist literature, anti-authoritarian artists, and the Personalist movement will also appreciate Gifford's fine editorial work."

CAUT Bulletin


"[T]he interest of this volume does not only lie in the immeasurable wealth of Durrellian archives that are brought to the reader’s knowledge: it also sketches out the fascinating portrait of an artist engaged in the creative production of his generation so that readers of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Richard Aldington, Cavafy, and Seferis will discover fascinating pieces of critical analysis where they may least have expected to.... The final part devoted to travel writing will similarly edify and stimulate both Durrell’s readers and all those who seek to understand the refinements of the genre." [Full review at http://ebc.revues.org/3502]

Isabelle Keller-Privat, Études britanniques contemporaines

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