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Constantine P. Cavafy

1863 - 1933

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Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Πέτρου Καβάφης [ka'vafis]; April 29 (April 17, OS), 1863 – April 29, 1933), known, especially in English, as Constantine P. Cavafy and often published as C. P. Cavafy (), was a Greek-Egyptian poet, journalist, and civil servant from Alexandria. His work, as one translator put it, "holds the historical and the erotic in a single embrace."Cavafy's friend E. M. Forster, the novelist and literary critic, introduced his poems to the English-speaking world in 1923, famously describing him as "a Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe." Cavafy's consciously individual style earned him a place among the most important figures not only in Greek poetry, but in Western poetry as a whole.Cavafy wrote 155 poems, while dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. During his lifetime, he consistently refused to formally publish his work and preferred to share it through local newspapers and magazines, or even print it out himself and give it away to anyone interested. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Constantine P. Cavafy has received more than 593,995 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Constantine P. Cavafy is the 433rd most popular writer (down from 337th in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 64th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Egyptian Writer.

Constantine P. Cavafy is most famous for his poem, "Ithaka."

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Among writers, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 433 out of 5,755Before him are Phaedrus, Louis Aragon, Vladimir Vysotsky, Bohumil Hrabal, Ennius, and Louise de La Vallière. After him are Louisa May Alcott, Traudl Junge, Yunus Emre, Tennessee Williams, Patrick Modiano, and Christopher Marlowe.

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Among people born in 1863, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 14Before him are Arthur Henderson, Pietro Mascagni, David Lloyd George, Henry van de Velde, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and George Herbert Mead. After him are Carlos I of Portugal, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Joaquín Sorolla, Vladimir Vernadsky, Austen Chamberlain, and Werner Sombart. Among people deceased in 1933, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 7Before him are Li Ching-Yuen, Clara Zetkin, Calvin Coolidge, Adolf Loos, Faisal I of Iraq, and Mohammed Nadir Shah. After him are 13th Dalai Lama, John Galsworthy, Annie Besant, Sándor Ferenczi, Wilhelm Cuno, and Nikolai Yudenich.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 78 out of 582Before him are Eric Hobsbawm (1917), Pachomius the Great (292), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Psamtik I (-700), Lactantius (250), and Hassan al-Banna (1906). After him are Den (-3000), Isetnofret (-1250), Saint Menas (285), Mohamed Morsi (1951), Ayman al-Zawahiri (1951), and Saint Sarah (100).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 7Before him are Naguib Mahfouz (1911), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Appian (95), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), and Lactantius (250). After him are Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Nonnus (500), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Taha Hussein (1889), and Dionysius Thrax (-170).