Contents and Arrangement

Manuscripts, 1940-1990

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes corrected typescripts of various writings, many of them unpublished, including short stories, plays, poems, articles, book prefaces, and book reviews. Most items are accompanied by folders or enclosures that include brief notes, many of which appear to have been made by the author; these notes were used to inform the folder titles listed here. Some items are also accompanied by related correspondence.

Many of the manuscripts have ink stamps with the following: "Propriété de F. Kestsman," "Centre d'Etudes et Recherches," and "Lawrence Durrell Sommieres 15 Gard 30250 France."

Collection History

Custodial History

Françoise Kestsman Durrell appears to have lent some items in this collection to the Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Lawrence Durrell in Sommières; they are stamped accordingly.


No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

Lawrence Durrell's passports were treated for possible mold damage during 2018 processing.

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in February 2018 with assistance from Julia English '19. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in February 2018. Folder inventory added by Julia English '19 and Matthew Oakland '20.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Manuscripts; Françoise Kestsman Durrell Collection of Lawrence Durrell Materials, C1592, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Related Materials

International Lawrence Durrell Society. Special Collections.


MacNiven, Ian S. Lawrence Durrell: a biography. London: Faber and Faber, 1998.