by Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller
It began with Durrell's letter to Miller in praise of Tropic of Cancer. It blossomed into the long friendship of these 2 influential novelists represented here as their 45-year correspondence. To look at their work you might think they had little in common. But of primary importance to both was a great passion for the craft of writing, a frequent topic of these letters. Along with women and their love for them and travel, 2 more important topics. They also have interesting things to say about their individual projects. These are the years in which Durrell wrote The Alexandria Quartet and 3 volumes of The Avignon Quintet, and he constantly kept Miller apprised of his progress and his thinking as he worked. Miller finished the Tropic novels and The Rosy Crucifixion. One of the more charming traits of the letters is the abundant affection they show for each other while at the same time being good and honest critics of what the other is writing. Durrell is the more elegant correspondent, though he often lets his boyish enthusiasm show, and this is in contrast to Miller's more workmanlike style. Always Miller seems bemused by his success. Durrell was grateful, of course, but he was also confident of his art and was more intent on producing a lasting body of work.
他们的友谊始于劳伦斯. 德雷尔写信给亨利.米勒赞扬他的《北回归线》。之后这两位有影响力的作家发展为长期的友谊，并呈现出长达45年之久的通信。看他们的作品，你可能会想他们有一点共同点。但对于他们来说最重要的是给予彼此的写作技巧都带来了极大的激情，这些信件经常讨论这个主题。与之连同在一起的是关于女人和他们对她们的爱与交往，两个更加重要的主题。对于彼此的个人事业，他们也有有趣的事要分享。在劳伦斯. 德雷尔写作《亚历山大四重奏》和三卷本的《 阿维尼翁五重奏 》这些年期间，他继续保持与米勒通信，告知他自己的进展和他的在写作中所有的思考。同时，米勒完成北回归线和《 殉色三部曲 》，这些信件中，充沛的感情是更加迷人的特征，他们为彼此展露，而与此同时，成为另一个人写作中最善良、诚实的评论者。德雷尔写信更加有简洁，不过他经常让他孩子气的热情流露，这与米勒的成熟老练的风格形成对比。米勒一直为自己的成功而困惑。当然，德雷尔是可爱的，但他也对自己的艺术充满自信，更专心于创造出一部经得起考验的作品。
"Jump off. You are a protected individual. Do not fear."
Miller gave Durrell the push he needed to commit to writing full-time. This correspondence takes them from unknowns to famous curmudgeons.