Lawrence Durrell was born Feb. 27, 1912 in India. He was an English novelist, poet, and writer of topographical books, verse plays, and farcical short stories and is best known as the author of The Alexandria Quartet, a series of four interconnected novels.
Durrell spent most of his life outside of England and moved to the island of Corfu in 1935 with his family. H was a press attaché to the British embassies in Cairo and Alexandria during World War II. He wrote poetry and prose before The Alexandria Quartet was published: Justine in 1957, Balthazar in 1958, Mountolive in 1958, and Clea in 1960.
He continued to write poetry, prose and non-fiction until his death on Nov. 7, 1990 in France.