Lawrence Durrell (February 27, 1912 - November 7,1990) was a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. He was born in India, and at the age of eleven, was sent to attend school in England, a country in which he was never happy and which he left as soon as possible. His first novel, Pied Piper of Lovers was published in 1935. In that year Durrell, his wife, siblings and mother moved to the Greek island of Corfu where they lived until 1941, when they had to return to England due to WWII.

Lawrence Durrell separated from his wife in 1942, and became peripatetic, living for some time in Egypt, Rhodes, Argentina, and Greece, and finally settling in the south of France. He was married four times in all.

His most famous work was The Alexandria Quartet, a tetralogy which was named as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the editorial board of the American Modern Library.

His brother, Gerald Durrell, was an important British naturalist and wildlife conservationist.

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