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By Robert Liddell

Amazon quote: Constantine Cavafy, even though the main smooth Greek poet, has just recently started to realize common popularity during this nation. He used to be renowned by way of T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster and W.H. Auden and seemed because the unnamed "old poet of the city" in Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet. New translations remain released as succeeding generations of students try and trap the deceptively easy and pene-trating great thing about Cavafy’s paintings. From his twenties onwards, Cavafy fought to disclaim his gay nature that took him into the depths of the "whorish places" of Alexandria. ironically, a few of his such a lot lyrical and enduring works got here from his disappointment. This well timed reissue of Robert Liddell’s first biography of the poet has been up-to-date for college students and poetry enthusiasts alike.

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CAVAFY 34 It appears that she went first to spend a few days at Therapia, for Cavafy wrote some English verses dated 18 July 1882 : 1 Goodbye to Therapia and joys of the hotelGood dinners that make you exultingly swell ... • He must mean that he is going to Kadikoy, that is, near Haydar Pasha - on the Asian shore and near the mouth of the Bosphorus - where his grandfather had rented a small house for the summer, having let his villa at Yenikoy to the Persian consul. There he received the refugees.

In December 1884 John went to stay with Moss at the Beau Sejour, but was miserably embarrassed at the state of his wardrobe : 'ragged shirts, that are well-nigh bare at the sleeves and collars with constant manipulation of the scissors to cut the shirtings : the knee-bulging trousers, the stained and glittering coat'. Worst of all, he found the temptation to a 'shabbygenteel mentality' which he had to resist. ' When 'Aunt Sevastie' passed through Egypt on her way to Shanghai with her husband Verhaeghe de Nayer- an agreeable visit for 'all mother's family have such an affectionate, enticing manner' - she showed their mother's photograph.

Paul stuck those which he received into an album: 1883-1897 is stamped on the cover, though he was not back in Alexandria till 1885. Some of these are addressed to 'Madame Cavafy et ses fils', and the rest personally to Paul. They are numerous, and probably Paul was more mondain than his brother, and known to more people on account of his position. Nevertheless Constantine said that he had once been mondain, that he liked to be well-dressed, and that he had played tennis. 11 In his valuable researches in the newspapers, Mr Tsirkas has found the account of a ball at the Zizinia theatre in November 1885.

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