Keeley, a noted scholar and translator of Greek poetry, has written an interesting blend of biography, travel guide, and literary criticism. Focusing on Henry Millers and Lawrence Durrells love affair with the Greek isles and their warm friendships with George Katsimbalis (as seen in Millers Collosus of Marousi), George Seferis, and other poets, Keeley celebrates this little band of friends who together...worked to create their individual images of an earthly paradise against the backdrop of the coming war. For Keeley, the spirit of this closely knit group kept poetry alive in Greece and served as a ray of light during the dark days of the German occupation. In return, argues Keeley, their encounter with Greece liberated the imaginations of these writers and provided them with paradisal models for future works. Quirky and unusual, this book is more fun to read than you might expect, and Keeley does make his case. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
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)
...[A] wonderfully personal hybrid: part history, part literary evocation, part memoir and most of all a travel journal....[P]oetry...is the heart of the book....Writing of present and past...Professor Keeley has made a complex and illuminating connection.
The New York Times
Sunny, island-hopping philhellenism as encountered in Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi and Lawrence Durrell's Prospero's Cell and Reflections on a Marine Venus.