Anton, John P. The Poetry and Poetics of Constantine P. Cavafy: Aesthetic Visions of Sensual Reality. Chur, Switzerland: Harwood, 1995. Focuses on the early years of Cavafy’s career, when he discovered his poetic self and created an authentic voice. Anton demonstrates Cavafy’s aesthetic development by pointing out autobiographical elements in his poetry.
Bien, Peter. Constantine Cavafy. New York: Columbia University Press, 1964. A brief but informative introduction to Cavafy’s life and poetry. Bien’s essay is one of the best places for anyone who is unfamiliar with Cavafy’s work to begin. The short bibliography provides suggestions for continued study.
Cavafy, Constantine P. Collected Poems. Translated, with introduction and commentary, by Daniel Mendelsohn. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
_______. The Unfinished Poems. Translated, with introduction and commentary, by Daniel Mendelsohn. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. In these two volumes, Mendelsohn has compiled and translated all of Cavafy’s poems into English, including works that the poet did not complete. These collections were well received by critics, who praised the accuracy of Mendelsohn’s translations and the information contained in his commentary.
Chiasson, Dan. “Man with a Past: Cavafy Revisited.” The New Yorker, March 23, 2009. This review of...
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