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Odysseas Elytis (Elytis Odysseus)

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Born: 1911 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: Greek
Categories: Poets

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1911 - Born on the 2nd of November in Iráklion Greece.

1930 - Elytis studied law at Athens University and periodically worked in the family business. Intrigued by French Surrealism, and particularly by the poet Paul Éluard, he began publishing verse in the notably in Nea grammata.

1940 - The volume Prosanatolismoi, published, is a collection of his works to that date.

1941 - Elytis joined the antifascist resistance to the Italians in Albania.

1959 - After the war he lapsed into literary silence for almost 15 years, returning to print with To Axion Esti, a long poem reminiscent of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.

1963 - Became the first Greek Nobel laureate for literature.

1967 - Elytis lived in Paris for a short time after the Greek military coup.

1971 - His later works include The Sovereign Sun.

1974 - The Stepchildren.

1986 - The Little Mariner.

1996 - Died on the 18th of March in Athens, Greece.


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