The Gatsos Archive

The Nikos Gatsos Archive At the Harvard Library

Manuscripts, correspondence, music, photographs, and more from the avant-garde twentieth century writer

About the Archive

Greek poet and lyricist Nikos Gatsos has found a permanent home

A photograph of Gatsos from his youth
The poet at 28 years old, 1939-40.

The acquisition is a key addition to Harvard Library’s collections in Greek literature and civilization and will be made available to students and scholars around the world.

Nikos Gatsos (1911-1992) had a profound influence on the post-war generation of Greek poets. Writing of both loss and hope, Gatsos’s unique blend of surrealism, symbolism and folk song created intense admiration and assured his place alongside his friends, Nobel laureates Odysseas Elytis and George Seferis, as one of the great twentieth-century Greek poets.

Panagiotis Roilos, George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, strongly encouraged the Library to acquire the archive. “Nikos Gatsos was one of the most prominent figures of the European avant-garde.

His long poem Amorgos, which was published in 1943, during the occupation of Greece by the Germans and their allies, was almost instantly hailed by both critics and poets as an emblematic work of Greek surrealism.” Roilos continued, “The Gatsos archive will be a major addition to Harvard's archives on European modernism and of course to its unique collection on Greek literature and culture. I cannot stress enough the potential educational and research value of the archive for several scholarly areas, including Greek and broader European cultural history, comparative literature, Greek world literature and translation studies."

Listen to the Performance

Nikos Gatsos: Music for a Better Day with Maria Anastasi-Paschalidis, voice, and Aphrodite Mitsopoulou, piano, in honor of Agathi Dimitrouka. May 13, 2019.

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