Expanded and with a new preface
C. P. Cavafy, one of the greatest modern Greek poets, lived in Alexandria for all but a few of his seventy years. Alexandria became, for Cavafy, a central poetic metaphor and eventually a myth encompassing the entire Greek world. In this, the first full-length critical work on Cavafy in English, Keeley describes Cavafy's literary progress and aesthetic development in the making of that myth.
First published in 1995.Edmund Keeley is Charles Barnwell Straut Professor Emeritus of English and Director of Hellenic Studies Program Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the translator of C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems, author of Modern Greek Poetry: Voice and Myth and The Salonika Bay Murder: Cold War Politics and the Polk Affair, and editor of Voices of Modern Greece, all published by Princeton University Press.