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Seferis, George

Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1971 AD
Nationality: Greek
Categories: Essayists, Poets, Writers

1900 – George Seferis, born on the 13th of March in Urla near Smyrna in Asia Minor. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate.

1931 – He was at once acclaimed as “the poet of the future” on the publication of I strofí (“The Turning Point”).

1932 – 1955 – His first collection of poems. It was followed by I stérna (“The Cistern”), Mithistórima (“Myth-History”), Imerolóyion katastrómatos I ( “Log Book I”), Tetrádhio yimnasmáton (“Exercise Book”), Poiímata (“Poems”), Imerolóyion katastrómatos II, the long poem Kíkhli (“Thrush”), Poiímata, and Imerolóyion katastrómatos III.

1944 – 1946 – He also translated poetry into Greek and wrote essays, of which the chief are Dhokimés and Erotókritos.

1947 – He was honoured by the Academy of Athens.

1957 – 1962 – He held posts in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq and served as Greek ambassador in London.

1963 – Was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature "for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture."

1969 – On the 28th of March, he made a statement on the BBC World Service, with copies simultaneously distributed to every newspaper in Athens. In authoritative and absolute terms, he stated "This anomaly must end".

1971 – Died on the 20th of September.