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C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems

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C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems

by Cavafy, C.P.; Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard; Edited by George Savidis

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ISBN 13
9780691062792
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Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1975. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/Very Good. First edition, 1975, hardcover with beige cloth boards in dust jacket, octavo, 451pp., not illustrated. Book VG+ with handsome boards and tight binding, front flyleaf has previous owner's inscription and soil, otherwise text clean and unmarked, with soil to edges of text block. DJ VG with soil, rubbing, edgewear that includes a few small tears and their related creases, now in archival mylar wrap. Text in Greek and English.

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An extraordinary literary event: the simultaneous publication of a brilliant and vivid new rendering of C. P. Cavafy’s Collected Poems and the first-ever English translation of the poet’s thirty Unfinished Poems, both featuring the fullest literary commentaries available in English—by the acclaimed critic, scholar, and award-winning author of The Lost. No modern poet brought so vividly to life the history and culture of Mediterranean antiquity; no writer dared break, with such taut energy, the early-twentieth-century taboos surrounding homoerotic desire; no poet before or since has so gracefully melded elegy and irony as the Alexandrian Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (1863–1933). Now, after more than a decade of work and study, and with the cooperation of the Cavafy Archive in Athens, Daniel Mendelsohn—a classics scholar who alone among Cavafy’s translators shares the poet’s deep intimacy with the ancient world—is uniquely positioned to give readers full access to Cavafy’s genius. And we hear for the first time the remarkable music of his poetry: the sensuous rhymes, rich assonances, and strong rhythms of the original Greek that have eluded previous translators. The more than 250 works collected in this volume, comprising all of the Published, Repudiated, and Unpublished poems, cover the vast sweep of Hellenic civilization, from the Trojan War through Cavafy’s own lifetime. Powerfully moving, searching and wise, whether advising Odysseus as he returns home to Ithaca or portraying a doomed Marc Antony on the eve of his death, Cavafy’s poetry brilliantly makes the historical personal—and vice versa. He brings to his profound exploration of longing and loneliness, fate and loss, memory and identity the historian’s assessing eye as well as the poet’s compassionate heart. With its in-depth introduction and a helpful commentary that situates each work in a rich historical, literary, and biographical context, this revelatory new translation, together with The Unfinished Poems, is a cause for celebration—the definitive presentation of Cavafy in English. Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews and essays on literary and cultural subjects appear regularly in numerous publications, including The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. His previous books include the memoir The Elusive Embrace, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Prix Médicis, and many other honors. Mr. Mendelsohn is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He teaches at Bard College.

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Bookseller
Common Crow Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
B40422
Title
C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems
Author
Cavafy, C.P.; Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard; Edited by George Savidis
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good+
Jacket condition
Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
069106279X
ISBN 13
9780691062792
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Place of Publication
Princeton, NJ
Date published
1975
Keywords
Poetry

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