Aldington remained in Aix throughout January and February 1962, working little, except to deal with mail which consisted mostly of enquiries about printing paperback editions of various translations. Fanchette, the Two Cities editor, irritated him by trying to garner royalties from Southern Illinois University Press for his introductory piece in The World of Lawrence Durrell.1 In mid-January Durrell drove to Aix to consult Aldington about a piece of historical fiction he was engaged in and we glimpse Aldington’s writing experience when he advises against Wardour Street dialogue, suggesting that conversations should be in standard English and period and setting should be conveyed by accurate rendering of local colour.


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