James D. Gifford (Fairleigh Dickinson University) recently published a brief article on ‘H.D.’s Hirslanden Notebooks and Durrell’s Claudia: Occult Modernism Across the Curtain and in the Mirror’ in ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and
The article mainly analyses H.D.’s late Hirslanden notebooks, but in doing so it also points to the importance of her correspondence with Aldington. RA, as Gifford points out, reported H.D.’s reading experiences of the Alexandria Quartet to Durrell in correspondence, available in Literary Lifelines: The Richard Aldington–Lawrence Durrell Correspondence, ed. by Ian MacNiven and Harry T. Moore (1981).
Gifford suggests, among other things, that making this connection brings forth the possibility of productive readings of H.D.:
we may consider not only how knowing Durrell’s works alters the nature of some of H.D.’s cryptic references in her late writings that have only recently come into print, but it also indicates how H.D. would have given scholarship a productive reading of The Alexandria Quartet had she lived longer. We might also start to look to Durrell’s influence from H.D. as a predecessor[.]