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Seferis, George (Giorgios Stylianou Seferiades or Giorgios Stylia)

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Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1971 AD, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: Greek
Categories: Essayists, Poets, Writers

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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.

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