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C.P. Cavafy
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Constantine Petrou Cavafy, widely recognized as the greatest of modern Greek poets, was born in Alexandria in 1863 into a family originally from Constantinople. After some childhood years spent in England and a stay in Constantinople in the early 1880s, he lived his entire life in Alexandria. It was there that he would write and (for the most part) self-publish the poems for which he became known, working all the while as a clerk in the Irrigation Office of the Egyptian government. His poetry was first brought to the attention of the English-speaking public in 1919 by E. M. Forster, whom he had met during the First World War. Cavafy died in Alexandria on April 29, 1933, his seventieth birthday; the first commercially published collection of his work appeared posthumously, in Alexandria, in 1935.

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C. P. Cavafy: The Unfinished Poems

Written by C.P. Cavafy
Translated by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $30.00

A remarkable discovery, an extraordinary literary event: the never-before translated unfinished poems of the great Alexandrian Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, published for the first time in English alongside a revelatory new rendering of the Collected Poems—translated and annotated by the renowned critic, classicist, and award-winning author of The Lost.

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Complete Poems

Written by C.P. Cavafy
Translated by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $35.00

An extraordinary literary event: Daniel Mendelsohn’s acclaimed two-volume translation of the complete poems of C. P. Cavafy—including the first English translation of the poet’s final Unfinished Poems—now published in one handsome edition and featuring the fullest literary commentaries available in English, by the renowned critic, scholar, and international best-selling author of... Read more >
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Complete Poems

Written by C.P. Cavafy
Translated by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: eBook, 736 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $16.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Poems

Written by C.P. Cavafy
Edited by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95

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