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date: 17 July 2019

Cavafy, Constantine (1863–1933) Poet, 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

born in Alexandria of Greek parents from Constantinople. His father, who died in 1870, was a partner in an export firm with branches in England and Alexandria, and Constantine was at school in England between the ages of 9 and 16. On the collapse of the family business the Cavafys returned to Alexandria, where Constantine spent the rest of his life, living quietly with his mother, then alone, and working for many years as clerk in the Ministry of Public Works. He published two privately printed pamphlets of verse, in ... ...

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