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In the looming shadow of an oppressive dictatorship and imminent world war, George Seferis and George Katsimbalis, along with other poets and writers from Greece's fabled Generation of the 1930s, welcomed Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell to their homeland. Together, as they spent evenings in Athenian tavernas, explored the Peloponnese, swam off island beaches, and considered the meaning of Greek life and freedom and art, they seemed to be inventing paradise. In a lyrical blend of personal memoir, literary criticism, and interpretative storytelling, Edmund Keeley takes readers on a journey into the poetry, friendships, and politics of this extraordinary time. A remarkable work of cultural history and imaginative criticism, his book recreates a lost paradise of immediate charm, literary greatness, and mythic reach.
Edmund Keeley was Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English Emeritus and Director of Hellenic Studies Program Emeritus at Princeton University. He has translated "C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems".
From the Publisher
In this work of literary criticism and personal narrative, a writer and Greek cultural expert reflects on a period of lively exchange between American and Greek literary figures beginning in the 1930s. Before the Second World War and subsequent tourist bombardment, poets and writers such as George Seferis and George Katsimbalist, Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell shared ideas and good times while enjoying the beauty of their Greek "paradise."