"This group of four novels [Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea] is intended to be read as a single work under the collective title of The Alexandria Quartet... It has been possible, for this edition, to correct a number of small slips pointed out by readers and critics, and also to add some small passages which were cut out of the original volumes in the MS. stage" (author's preface).
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