DURRELL, LAWRENCE (1912-1990, novelist, poet and travel writer)
Christopher Barker writes: 'When he [Durrell] opened the door his bulbous and lined features cried out to be recorded, and so, as I set the studio flash and view camera up in his sitting room we nattered on about the weather, me quite unaware at that time of his significance in my mother's life (and one surprisingly she had never appraised me of). His features I noticed crumpled and creased benignly when he smiled and of course he duly obliged for my camera.'
Lawrence Durrell effected the first meeting between Christopher Barker's parents George Barker and Elizabeth Smart, whose relationship Christoper Barker described in Arms of the Infinite.
Taken for and reproduced in Christopher Barker's Portraits of Poets, 1986.
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