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"According to one of Constantine Cavafy's friends — a claim twice cited in this noticeably slim volume — Cavafy 'abjured three activities: giving lectures, granting interviews, and writing prose.' Though he does indeed seem to have kept scrupulously clear of the first two, his archived papers, plus pieces rescued from various newspapers and periodicals, show that he intermittently — and, it must be said, unwisely — broke his own third rule." Peter Green, The New Republic (Read the entire New Republic review)

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"A timely and significant supplement to C. P. Cavafy's poetic canon, the Selected Prose Works, eloquently translated and meticulously annotated by Peter Jeffreys, allows readers yet another creative engagement with the greatest Greek writer since antiquity. Marked by a wide and intriguing range of interests, these writings offer a rich trove for general readers and scholars alike, who from now on will find it difficult to discuss Cavafy's poetry without reference to his prose."

---Vassilis Lambropoulos, C. P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek, University of Michigan

"Peter Jeffreys gives us a rare gift---access to Constantine Cavafy's prose work. Through his intelligent translation, these texts, which range from literary criticism to personal notes, from essays on the Greek language to the Parthenon marbles, offer unexpected entry into the mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest literary figures. They suggest new ways to think about not only Cavafy's remarkable poetry but also the man himself. An indispensable companion for all who love Cavafy's work."

---Gregory Jusdanis, The Ohio State University

"Once you've felt his influence, you won't need telling that Cavafy is unique in his distinctive voice, his quiet humor, and his unassertive culture."

---Frank Kermode, Formerly Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London, and King Edward VII Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge

Constantine Cavafy (1863–1933) is arguably the most important modern poet of Greece and Greek culture. Long a resident of Egypt and then Constantinople, Cavafy in his poems and prose works tended to focus on Greco-Roman antiquity, on Greece's national identity, and on personal and mythological images and themes including his ethnicity and sexual identity. He wrote some 150 poems, plus a few works in collaboration with his brother John.

His poetical works have been much translated and discussed, but until now, very little consideration has been given to his prose works, in part because many remained untranslated from the original Greek. This book collects Cavafy's more interesting prose pieces and translates those that originally appeared in Greek.

Of the forty pieces included, only thirteen have previously appeared in print, and of those thirteen only a few were in English. The pieces include essays, "prose poems," short stories, self-assessments, and considerations of other poets, including John Keats. This significant new collection offers a different perspective on the well-known Cavafy.

Peter Jeffreys, Assistant Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, received a Doctorate in English Literature from the University of Toronto. He is the author of Eastern Questions: Hellenism and Orientalism in the Writings of E.M. Forster and C.P. Cavafy and the editor of The Forster-Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight Angle.  He is currently working on a bio-critical study of C. P. Cavafy and the decadent tradition.

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The first appearance in English of important prose works by poet C. P. Cavafy

Synopsis:

Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) is arguably the most important modern poet of Greece and Greek culture. Long a resident of Egypt and then Constantinople, Cavafy in his poems and prose works tended to focus on Greco-Roman antiquity, on Greece's national identity, and on personal and mythological images and themes including his ethnicity and sexual identity. He wrote some 150 poems, plus a few in collaboration with his brother John.

His poetical works have been much translated and discussed, but until now, very little consideration has been given to his prose works, in part because many remained untranslated from the original Greek. This book collects Cavafy's more interesting prose pieces and translates those that originally appeared in Greek.

Of the forty pieces included, only thirteen have previously appeared in print, and of those thirteen only a few were in English. The pieces include essays, "prose poems," short stories, self-assessments, and considerations of other poets including John Keats. This significant new collection offers a different perspective on the well-known Cavafy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472050956
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Editor:
Jeffreys, Peter
Author:
Jeffreys, Peter
Author:
Cavafy, Constantine P.
Author:
Cavafy, C. P.
Subject:
Essays
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Writers on Writing
Publication Date:
20101022
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 184 pages University of Michigan Press - English 9780472050956 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "According to one of Constantine Cavafy's friends — a claim twice cited in this noticeably slim volume — Cavafy 'abjured three activities: giving lectures, granting interviews, and writing prose.' Though he does indeed seem to have kept scrupulously clear of the first two, his archived papers, plus pieces rescued from various newspapers and periodicals, show that he intermittently — and, it must be said, unwisely — broke his own third rule." (Read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , The first appearance in English of important prose works by poet C. P. Cavafy
"Synopsis" by ,

Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) is arguably the most important modern poet of Greece and Greek culture. Long a resident of Egypt and then Constantinople, Cavafy in his poems and prose works tended to focus on Greco-Roman antiquity, on Greece's national identity, and on personal and mythological images and themes including his ethnicity and sexual identity. He wrote some 150 poems, plus a few in collaboration with his brother John.

His poetical works have been much translated and discussed, but until now, very little consideration has been given to his prose works, in part because many remained untranslated from the original Greek. This book collects Cavafy's more interesting prose pieces and translates those that originally appeared in Greek.

Of the forty pieces included, only thirteen have previously appeared in print, and of those thirteen only a few were in English. The pieces include essays, "prose poems," short stories, self-assessments, and considerations of other poets including John Keats. This significant new collection offers a different perspective on the well-known Cavafy.

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