Lawrence Durrell was born in February 1912 in India. His most famous work is his tetralogy The Alexandria Quartet. He also wrote The Avignon Quintet and the middle book, Constance, or Solitary Practices, was shortlisted for the Booker prize. He was also a travel writer and poet. Lawrence Durrell died at his house in Sommières, a small village in Provence, in November 1990.