Cavafy: A Biography

Cavafy: A Biography

by Robert Liddell


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Cavafy: A Biography by Robert Liddell

Constantine Cavafy lived in relative obscurity for most of his 70 years, but is now considered one of the most powerful and important poets of the twentieth century. This timely biographical re-issue, updated for students and poetry lovers alike, explores the man behind the words, and reveals a scintillating life shaped by beauty, complexity and love. A new generation of poets and scholars can now attempt to capture the deceptively simple and penetrating charm of Cavafy’s work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780715632086
Publisher: Duckworth Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ROBERT LIDDELL lived and worked for some years in Alexandria, Egypt. He published a fictional portrait of Cavafy titled Unreal City before beginning work on this biography.

Table of Contents

Note on Translations and Greek Names15
IBefore the Bombardment17
IIIReturn to Alexandria49
IVThe Cavafy of the Letter 'T'62
VThe 'Other' Cavafy78
VIFamily Life: Journeys and Bereavements95
VIIReading and Working Life114
VIIIThe Poems before 1911132
IXAlexandrian Literary Life151
XThe Last Years179
AppendixFragments of Table Talk206

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