DURRELL, LAWRENCE (1912-1990)
AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS OF HIS POEM ['LESBOS'], untitled herein, 25 lines in all, comprising three versions of the first four lines and two versions of the rest of the poem, all preserving reconsidered readings not in the printed version, 1 page, small folio, perforations down left-hand margin where removed from a pad, not dated
The Pleiades are sinking calm as paint
And earth's sweet camber follows
Turning in his sleep, the oceanic curve,
A sweep reflected in the concave of any eye,
The cheek of earth pressed warn against the dark,
Dancers on a flow they well deserve...
'A PERFECT SHORT POEM' was the opinion G.S. Frazer expressed of 'Lesbos' in his study of Durrell.
No poetical manuscripts by Durrell have been sold at auction. The main archive of Durrell's papers is at Austin, Texas.
PROVENANCE: Lawrence Durrell.
REFERENCE: G.S. Frazer, Writers and their Work, p. 216.