The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
  1. $24.50 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Greece- General

This title in other editions

Inventing Paradise

by

Inventing Paradise Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The radiant light of Greece-its landscape and poetry-as witnessed in the dark years when it was almost extinguished.

In the looming shadow of an oppressive dictatorship and imminent world war, George Seferis, George Katsimbalis, and other poets and writers from Greece's fabled Generation of the Thirties welcomed Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell to their homeland. Together they explored the Peloponnesus, swam off island beaches, and considered the meaning of Greek life and freedom. They seemed to be inventing paradise. In this evocative synthesis of personal memoir, literary criticism, and interpretative narrative, Edmund Keeley explores the poetry, friendships, and politics that made those extraordinary encounters so vital.

For Miller and Durrell, the journey into Greece transformed their art and their lives, and in response they wrote some of their most important work. For the Greek poets, it reconfirmed their sense of the vitality of their own country and helped to sustain them during the harsh seasons to come. As Keeley shows, their eloquence, courage, and dedication kept the greatness of Greece alive when the German occupation, a violent civil war, and the depredations of mass tourism threatened to destroy it. Other writers later drew on the invented paradise of these good friends and reimagined it for the future. This remarkable work of cultural history and imaginative criticism is a crowning achievement from one of our finest literary interpreters.

Book News Annotation:

Drawing heavily on the diaries, journals, and correspondence of writers Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, and a number of Greek poets, the author synthesizes literary criticism, cultural history, and personal intellectual memoir. Central to his discourse is the effect of the interactions of Greek poets Seferis, Katsimbalis, and others with their foreign visitors on the construction of the meaning of Greek culture and history as it related to their art. The period under question, according to the author, witnessed the rediscovery of the spirit and genius of classical Greece within the language and gestures of a living culture.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-273) and index.

About the Author

Edmund Keeley taught creative writing, English literature, and Hellenic studies at Princeton University (1954-94). The author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, he has translated a number of modern Greek poets. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374177171
Subtitle:
The Greek Journey, 1937-47
Author:
Keeley, Edmund
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Europe - Greece
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Miller, henry, 1891-1980
Subject:
Belles Lettres
Subject:
Greece Description and travel.
Subject:
Americans -- Travel -- Greece -- History -- 20th century.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
19990611
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
289
Dimensions:
8.57x5.86x1.11 in. .99 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Dancing girl :themes and... Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. Jello a Biography Used Trade Paper $4.95
  3. The World Trade Center: A Tribute Used Hardcover $6.95
  4. Iambic Trimeter in Aeschylus & Sophocles New Library Bound $72.50
  5. Three More Screenplays New Trade Paper $56.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Greece » General

Inventing Paradise Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 289 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374177171 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.