Modern Greek Writers: Solomos, Calvos, Matesis, Palamas, Cavafy, Kazantzakis, Seferis, Elytis (Princeton Essays in European and Comparative Literature, No. 7) Edited by Edmund Keeley and Peter Bien
New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 1972. Hardcover. 257 pages ; 22 cm. $10 dust jacket. Gently used book, in very good condition with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
Modern Greek Writers
The remarkable literary renaissance of Modern Greece is the subject of essays by ten critics and scholars on the theme, "Modern Greek Literature and its European Background." From Zissimos Loren-zatos' discussion of the nineteenth-century poet Solomos to Peter Bien's analysis of Kazan tzakis' fervent demoticism, they give evidence of the tremendous creative activity that has been going on as Greek writers in all genres turn outward to Europe—and inward to their own culture as well—to form a unique modern literature.
Seferis, for example, a "poet who became possible only because of the central tradition of European poetry in the late nineteenth century," took the European influences available to him—Rimbaud, Eliot, Laforgue—and squeezed them into the cap of a mortally immortal Greek sailor, his most characteristic protagonist. Or Cavafy: both the "new" poems introduced in this volume and his other poetry show that, though completely conversant with poetic fashion in Europe, he approached the Greek past and present in a wholly individualistic way, in a manner inconceivable in a Western writer.
Edmund Keeley is Professor of English and Creative Arts and Director of the Program in Creative Writing and the Performing Arts at Princeton University, and Peter Bien is Professor of English at Dartmouth College.
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