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Autograph Letter Signed
Athens: Odysseus Elytis, 1982. First edition. Not bound.. Very Good +. An Original Autograph Letter Signed from Odysseus Elytis to Mr. Antonopoulos of the winery Achaia Clauss. Written entirely in the Nobel Prize Winner's hand over both sides of a piece of his headed card stock (measuring 104 mm X 149 mm and dated 28th July 1982), the letter reads as follows: "My friend Mr. Antonopoulos, I have not forgotten my promise (my wish one would be more correct to say) to visit your facility in Patras. And I'll first tell you that for exceptional reasons I was obliged almost all spring to avoid all small movements. Now of course comes the time to leave for the summer holidays. But do not worry. I have all confidence when will be the right time to give a notice [of his planned trip to the winery]. Thank you again for your honest feelings. With friendly wishes Elytis." On the verso's lower left corner Elytis has written "Skoufa 23”, his address in Athens. The letter in Very Good + condition with staple holes and a bit of wrinkling to the lower left corner (not affecting text) and two neat holes (also not affecting the text), presumably made by a prior owner in order to place the letter into a ringed binder. Odysseus Elytis (the pen name of Odysseus Alepoudhi√©is) published his first poem at the encouragement of, among others, his friend George Seferis, winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature, was soon thereafter himself praised as an important writer, and ultimately also won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1979) "for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness". A lover of excellent wines, Elytis was friendly with the Antonopoulos family, operators of the winery Achaia Clauss, one of Greece's most famous wineries. The letter clearly shows Elytis' intent to visit the great winery as many notable individuals had done before him. Signed letters from Odysseus Elytis, especially those written entirely in his own hand, are quite scarce indeed. A Very Good + Autograph Letter Signed by Nobel Prize Winner Odysseus Elytis. QUITE SCARCE.
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