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Eva Palmer Sikelianos : a life in ruins

Author: Artemis Leontis
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; London : Princeton University Press. copyright 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Le verso de la jaquette indique : "This is the first biography to tell the fascinating story of Eva Palmer Sikelianos (1874-1952), an American actor, director, composer, and weaver best known for reviving the Delphic Festivals. Yet, as Artemis Leontis reveals, Palmer's most spectacular performance was her daily revival of ancient Greek life. For almost half a century, dressed in handmade Greek tunics and sandals,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Eva Palmer Sikelianos : A Life in Ruins / Artemis Leontis
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2019
(ABES)236508016
Named Person: Eua Palmer-Sikelianou; Eua Palmer-Sikelianou; Eúa Palmer-Sikelianoú
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Artemis Leontis
ISBN: 0691171726 9780691171722
OCLC Number: 1126071686
Description: 1 vol. (XLVI-339 p.) : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Artemis Leontis.

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Le verso de la jaquette indique : "This is the first biography to tell the fascinating story of Eva Palmer Sikelianos (1874-1952), an American actor, director, composer, and weaver best known for reviving the Delphic Festivals. Yet, as Artemis Leontis reveals, Palmer's most spectacular performance was her daily revival of ancient Greek life. For almost half a century, dressed in handmade Greek tunics and sandals, she sought to make modern life freer and more beautiful through a creative engagement with the ancients. Along the way, she crossed paths with other seminal modern artists such as Natalie Clifford Barney, Renée Vivien, Isadora Duncan, Susan Glaspell, George Cram Cook, Richard Strauss, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Nikos Kazantzakis, George Seferis, Henry Miller, Paul Robeson, and Ted Shawn. 0Brilliant and gorgeous, with floor-length auburn hair, Palmer was a wealthy New York debutante who studied Greek at Bryn Mawr College before turning her back on conventional society to live a lesbian life in Paris. She later followed Raymond Duncan (brother of Isadora) and his wife to Greece and married the Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos in 1907. With single-minded purpose, Palmer re-created ancient art forms, staging Greek tragedy with her own choreography, costumes, and even music. Having exhausted her inheritance, she returned to the United States in 1933, was blacklisted for criticizing American imperialism during the Cold War, and was barred from returning to Greece until just before her death. Drawing on hundreds of newly discovered letters and featuring many previously unpublished photographs, this biography vividly re-creates the unforgettable story of a remarkable nonconformist whom one contemporary described as "the only ancient Greek I ever knew."

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"One of the Times Literary Supplement's Books of the Year 2019" "[Eva Palmer Sikelianos] dazzled as biography and scholarship. . . . Few page-turners are so thoroughly indexed and annotated. Leontis Read more...

 
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