Peter Jeffreys has earned a major translation award from the Greek Ministry of Culture for Selected Prose Works (2010), a collection of prose pieces by acclaimed poet C. P. Cavafy published by the University of Michigan Press.
While Cavafy’s poems have been widely translated, prior to the publication of Selected Prose Works very few of his prose pieces had been printed. In fact, of the forty pieces Jeffreys includes in the book, only thirteen had previously appeared in print, and only a handful of those had ever appeared in English. Comprised of essays, “prose poems,” short stories, self-assessments, and considerations of other poets, Selected Prose Works sheds new light on a well-known figure who is arguably the most important modern poet of Greece and Greek culture.
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