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Cavafy's Alexandria

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C. P. Cavafy, one of the greatest modern Greek poets, lived in Alexandria for all but a few of his seventy years. Alexandria became, for Cavafy, a central poetic metaphor and eventually a myth encompassing the entire Greek world. In this, the first full-length critical work on Cavafy in English, Keeley describes Cavafy's literary progress and aesthetic development in the making of that myth.

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Overview

C. P. Cavafy, one of the greatest modern Greek poets, lived in Alexandria for all but a few of his seventy years. Alexandria became, for Cavafy, a central poetic metaphor and eventually a myth encompassing the entire Greek world. In this, the first full-length critical work on Cavafy in English, Keeley describes Cavafy's literary progress and aesthetic development in the making of that myth.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
This book is as marvelous a guide to the imagined Alexandria as E. M. Forster's is to the real one.
— Joseph Brodsky
The New York Times Book Review
Attempting a comprehensive and coherent critical sighting of Cavafy's life work, Keeley classifies and analyzes the entire canon, including the more significant unpublished poems, and in this context comments with sensitivity and clarity on some of the best-known and most difficult poems.
— George Economou
The Times Higher Education Supplement
Keeley has performed an invaluable service in tracing [Cavafy's] deliberate arrangement of his work. In this way such seminal poems as The God Abandons Antony or The City are revealed in their full thematic importance, while many others when seen in their proper place in the design take on a significance which they lacked in isolation.
— Ian Scott-Kilvert
The New York Times Book Review - George Economou
Attempting a comprehensive and coherent critical sighting of Cavafy's life work, Keeley classifies and analyzes the entire canon, including the more significant unpublished poems, and in this context comments with sensitivity and clarity on some of the best-known and most difficult poems.
New York Review of Books - Joseph Brodsky
This book is as marvelous a guide to the imagined Alexandria as E. M. Forster's is to the real one.
The Times Higher Education Supplement - Ian Scott-Kilvert
Keeley has performed an invaluable service in tracing [Cavafy's] deliberate arrangement of his work. In this way such seminal poems as The God Abandons Antony or The City are revealed in their full thematic importance, while many others when seen in their proper place in the design take on a significance which they lacked in isolation.
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Winner of the 2000 Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, PEN American Center

"Attempting a comprehensive and coherent critical sighting of Cavafy's life work, Keeley classifies and analyzes the entire canon, including the more significant unpublished poems, and in this context comments with sensitivity and clarity on some of the best-known and most difficult poems."--George Economou, The New York Times Book Review

"This book is as marvelous a guide to the imagined Alexandria as E. M. Forster's is to the real one."--Joseph Brodsky, New York Review of Books

"Keeley has performed an invaluable service in tracing [Cavafy's] deliberate arrangement of his work. In this way such seminal poems as The God Abandons Antony or The City are revealed in their full thematic importance, while many others when seen in their proper place in the design take on a significance which they lacked in isolation."--Ian Scott-Kilvert, The Times Higher Education Supplement

The Times Higher Education Supplement
Keeley has performed an invaluable service in tracing [Cavafy's] deliberate arrangement of his work. In this way such seminal poems as The God Abandons Antony or The City are revealed in their full thematic importance, while many others when seen in their proper place in the design take on a significance which they lacked in isolation.
— Ian Scott-Kilvert
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691044989
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/1995
  • Series: Princeton Modern Greek Studies Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Literal City 1
2 The Metaphoric City 13
3 The Sensual City 43
4 Mythical Alexandria 75
5 The World of Hellenism 103
6 The Universal Perspective 133
7 Epilogue: Voice, Perspective, and Context 153
Appendixes 181
Bibliographical Note 197
Notes 199
Indexes 217
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