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Washington, May 13: Presentation on Modern Greek Poetry

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Originally From: Connie Mourtoupalas <mourtoupala@greekembassy.org>

The Embassy of Greece, Press Office and The Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages Georgetown University

Invite you to the Presentation of

"A Century of Greek Poetry 1900-2000" by Edmund Keeley, Peter Bien Peter Constantine & Karen Van Dyck

on

Thursday, May 13, 2004, 6:30 p.m.
ICC Auditorium, ICC Building
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, DC
Information:  202-332-2727

This bilingual anthology presents the achievements of Greek poetry in the 20th century. Included are 109 poets and 456 poems, with the Greek original and the English translation on opposite pages, many of them published for the first time.

Most poetry readers have some awareness of Ancient Greece as the cultural wellspring of the Western world, or some appreciation of contemporary Greece as an enchantment of sun-washed shores and ruins, but the more-than-two-thousand-year interim between these two worlds often is, to them, a blank or blurred page of history. If Homer, Sappho and Euripides live on as household names, Seferis and Elytis, both Nobel laureates, are still little known to the wider public. The poet and scholar Constantine A. Trypanis refers to Greek poetry as that "with the longest and perhaps noblest tradition in the Western world," and concludes that "in the last hundred years greater and more original poetry has been written in Greek than in the last fourteen centuries which preceded them.

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The Editors

Peter Bien, Professor Emeritus of English & Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, whose career as writer and editor was largely devoted to the translation and criticism of modern Greek literature.

Peter Constantine, prolific translator from several languages, Greek, Russian, German and Albanian; awarded the USA National Book award in 1999 and the PEN/Book of the Month Club Translation Prize, 1998.

Edmund Keeley, author of seven novels, nine volumes of non-fiction and 14 volumes of Modern Greek Poetry in translation. Taught English, Creative Writing, Hellenic Studies at Princeton for forty years and retired in 1994 as Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English.

Karen Van Dyck, Kimon A. Doukas Chair of Modern Greek Language and Literatura and Director of the Program of Hellenic Studies in the Classics Department at Columbia University.


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