Lawrence Durrell Bibliography - Poetry & Plays

Below is a list of publications of Lawrence Durrell's poetry and plays. For his other work, see the menu on the right.

Lawrence Durrell: Selected Poems

edited by Peter Porter

2006

A short (64 page) collection of Durrell's poems published in 2006 by Faber, edited and with an introduction by Peter Porter.

 

Collected Poems 1931-1974

Edited by James A Brigham

1980

A complete collection of Durrell's printed poems (excluding verse dramas) published up to 1974.

Vega and other Poems

1973

The Ikons and other Poems

1966

 

 

 

 

Selected Poems 1935-1963

Edited by Lawrence Durrell

1964

An updated edition of the 1956 Selected Poems, published by Faber.

An Irish Faustus: A Modern Morality in Nine Scenes

1963

A verse play. See the links & resources section for a review of the 1964 Hamburg production.

The Tree of Idleness and other Poems

1955

Sappho

1950

Sappho was a verse play, which caught the imagination of Margaret Rawlings on its publication in 1950. She made a public reading of the play in 1952 and finally performed in it at the Edinburgh Festival in 1961.

On Seeming to Presume

1948

Regarding this collection, Durrell wrote to T.S. Eliot: "I think that some are OK, some so-so and some wonderful."

Cities, Plains and People

1946

In 1946, Durrell wrote to a friend regarding the reception of Cities, Plains and People: "I was surprised to find that while one group of papers thought it dry and scholarly, another thought it full of "audenesque gags" and the atmosphere of the '20s."

A Private Country

1943

Durrell's first professionally published poetry collection, released by Faber.

Quaint Fragment

1931

A small and early collection of poems, printed on a friend's printing press. Throughout his career, Durrell delighted in producing his own small volumes of his work, usually in very limited quantities.