Constantine P. Cavafy

1863 - 1933

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Constantine Peter Cavafy (; also known as Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis; Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης [ka'vafis]; April 29 (April 17, OS), 1863 – April 29, 1933) was a Greek poet, journalist and civil servant from Alexandria. He was also a homosexual whose work, as one translator put it, "holds the historical and the erotic in a single embrace."Cavafy's friend, the novelist and literary critic E. M. Forster, 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 463,873 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Constantine P. Cavafy is the 337th most popular writer (up from 363rd in 2019), the 64th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 69th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Egyptian Writer.

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

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Among writers, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 337 out of 5,794Before him are Truman Capote, Margaret Mitchell, Aulus Cornelius Celsus, Lorenzo Valla, Erich von Däniken, and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. After him are Arthur Schnitzler, James Fenimore Cooper, Claude Simon, Jo Nesbø, Raymond Chandler, and Graham Greene.

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Among people born in 1863, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 11Before him are Konstantin Stanislavski, Paul Signac, Arthur Henderson, Pietro Mascagni, Henry van de Velde, and George Herbert Mead. After him are David Lloyd George, Swami Vivekananda, Alexandre Yersin, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Carlos I of Portugal, and Werner Sombart. Among people deceased in 1933, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 4Before him are Clara Zetkin, Li Ching-Yuen, and Adolf Loos. After him are Calvin Coolidge, John Galsworthy, Faisal I of Iraq, 13th Dalai Lama, Sándor Ferenczi, Mohammed Nadir Shah, Albert Calmette, and Stefan George.

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Among people born in Egypt, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 64 out of 520Before him are Farouk of Egypt (1920), Appian (95), Amenhotep II (-1401), Djedefre (-2600), Sextus Empiricus (160), and Shoshenq I (-1000). After him are Tiye (-1398), Cleopatra Selene II (-40), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Eli Cohen (1924), and Psamtik I (-700).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Constantine P. Cavafy ranks 3Before him are Naguib Mahfouz (1911) and Appian (95). After him are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Nonnus (500), and Taha Hussein (1889).