100 years since the birth
of the Greek poet
Exhibition of books with personal
Dedications of the poet to
Tatiana and Roger Milliex
from the Milliex Collection
of the University of Cyprus Library
(2 February - 31 March 2009)
This year marks 100 years since the birth of Yannis Ritsos, one of the most important Greek poets. Ritsos was born in Monemvasia in 1909 and died in Athens in 1990. An individual who loved his country deeply and was politicized, he participated in the national resistance movement and was exiled from 1948 until 1952.
More than a hundred poetry collections and compositions, prose writings, plays, and studies on other poets comprise his main body of work. Several translations, columns and other publications complete the rest of his work.
Ritsos received many awards in several countries. Among those, the most important were: in 1956 he received the first Poetry State Award, in 1968 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize, in 1975 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Salonica, and in 1977 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
Most of Ritsos’ works are available at the University of Cyprus Library. At the Main Library (75 Kallipoleos Str.), near the entrance, about 30 publications are exhibited bearing the poet’s handwritten dedications to Tatiana and Roger Milliex, whose collection is to be found at the University of Cyprus Library.
The exhibit will take place from 2 February until 31 March 2009.