The Forster-Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight Angle

The Forster-Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight Angle by Peter Jeffreys

ISBN10: 9774162579
ISBN13: 978-9774162572
Author: Peter Jeffreys
Title: The Forster-Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight Angle
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2009)
Language: English
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The Forster-Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight Angle by Peter Jeffreys



The English novelist E.M.Forster and the Greek Alexandrian poet C.P. Cavafy met when Forster was working for the Red Cross in Alexandria during the First World War. Their subsequent correspondence bears witness to a complex relationship and serves as a fascinating testament to Forster’s relentless determination to promote Cavafy by bringing out an English translation of his work. The letters also chronicle Cavafy’s calculated refusal to comply fully with Forster’s plans. The story they tell involves a number of major twentieth century literary personalities—Arnold Toynbee, T.S. Eliot, T.E. Lawrence, and Leonard Woolf all participated in Forster’s early translation project. Forster ultimately succeeded in launching Cavafy’s reputation in the English-speaking world, setting an important precedent for his present global literary fame. Included are all extant letters, the earliest Cavafy translations by George Valassopoulo (incorporating Cavafy’s own authorial emendations), poems by E.M. Forster, archival photographs, and related letters.

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