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Dekavallēs, Antōnēs, 1920-
Antōnēs Dekavalles Papers
Manuscripts Division
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Greek, Modern English


This collection consists of papers of Antōnēs Dekavalles, a Greek poet, professor at Fairleigh Dickenson University, and editor of The Charioteer, A Review of Modern Greek Culture. Included are: correspondence, autograph manuscripts and typescripts, drafts, miscellaneous notes, and files related to his affiliated organizations.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers of Antōnēs Dekavalles. Includes correspondence with his friend and fellow poet, translator, and editor, Kimon Friar (1911-1993). There are signed autograph and typed letters by Friar with many drafts and carbon copies of replies by Dekavalles, and miscellaneous manuscripts of articles and reviews by and about Friar. Some of their letters to each other contain poetry.

Also present are: a general file of correspondence (1950-1989), mostly in Greek; autograph manuscripts and typescripts; drafts; notes; and reviews of Dekavalles's books -- An mas plēgōsei ho hēlios (1992), Joints, Ships, Ransoms (1976), Ōkeanides (1970), and Ransoms to Time (1984); miscellaneous verse translated into English by Dekavalles, Kimon Friar, and others; files related to his involvement with Books Abroad, The Charioteer, and the Modern Greek Studies Association; and subject files of manuscripts, correspondence, and related material of a number of Greek writers, such as Odysseas Elytēs, Kimon Friar, Nikos Kazantzakis, Spyros Plaskovitēs, Pantelēs Prevalakēs, Antōnēs Samarakēs, George Seferis, and Angelos Sikelianos. Included also is a draft of Daughters of Sappho (1993) containing works of contemporary Greek women poets, edited and translated into English by Rae Dalven.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Dekavallēs, Antōnēs, 1920-

Antōnēs Dekavalles was the son of parents from the island of Siphnos (Greece). He was born in 1920 in Alexnadria (Egypt), where he grew up and went school. He received a law degree from the University of Athens, served with the Allied Forces in the Middle East during World War II, subsequently practiced law in Athens, and in 1960 received a Ph.D. in literature from Northwestern University. In 1992 Dekavalles retired as a distinguished professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey after several years of teaching comparative literature there.

Antōnēs Dekavalles was awarded the Poetry Prize of the Academy of Athens in 1977 for his Greek poetry, much of its translated into English, French, and Italian. His work as a literary critic, essayist, lecturer, and poetry-translator (including his rendering in Greek with extensive analysis of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets published in 1953) has been considerable. From 1961 to 1983 Dekavalles was executive co-editor of The Charioteer: A Review of Modern Greek Culture, and in 1967 he was one of the five founding members of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

Collection History


Gift of Antōnēs and Poppy Dekavalles to the Program in Hellenic Studies for Princeton University Library.


Nothing was removed from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Cristela García-Spitz in March 2007.. New material added and the collection was reprocessed and completed by Kalliopi Balatsouka. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in December, 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Antōnēs Dekavalles Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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