The Forster-Cavafy Letters Friends At A Slight Angle 2009


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The Forster-Cavafy Letters – Friends At A Slight Angle

The English novelist E M Forster and the Greek-Alexandrian poet C P Cavafy met when Forster was working for the Red Cross in Alexandria during the First World War. Their subsequent correspondence bears witness to a complex relationship and serves as a fascinating testament to Forster’s relentless determination to promote Cavafy by bringing out an English translation of his work. The story they tell involves a number of major twentieth-century literary personalities – Arnold Toynbee, T.S. Eliot, T.E. Lawrence, and Leonard Woolf all participated in Forster’s early translation project. Forster ultimately succeeded in launching Cavafy’s reputation in the English-speaking world, setting an important precedent for his present global literary fame.

Included are all extant letters, the earliest Cavafy translations by George Valassopoulo (incorporating Cavafy’s own authorial emendations), poems by E M Forster, archival photographs, and related letters.


  • Publisher The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo; 2009
  • Grey Cloth Hardback, 191 pp
  • With b/w illustrations
  • Size 235 x 155mm, 800g
  • ISBN 9789774162572

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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Weight 0.800 kg


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