Kazantzaki [Kazantzakis], Nikos. [Anthony Quinn, George Seferis, & Rex Warner].
ZORBA THE GREEK, Life and Adventures of Alexis Zorbas). Inscribed, Signed Three Times.London: John Lehmann Ltd. 1952.
First Edition. Kazantzaki [Kazantzakis], Nikos. [Anthony Quinn, George Seferis, & Rex Warner]. ZORBA THE GREEK, Life and Adventures of Alexis Zorbas). Inscribed, Signed Three Times. London: John Lehmann Ltd. 1952. First Edition. Kazantzaki [Kazantzakis], Nikos. [Anthony Quinn, George Seferis, & Rex Warner] ZORBA THE GREEK, Life and Adventures of Alexis Zorbas). Inscribed, Signed Three Times. London: John Lehmann Ltd., 1952. Superb example of this major title. 8vo., 310pp. Silver stamped rose cloth. A near fine example in a very good or better dustwrapper showing modest use. First Edition & First Edition in English with Kazantzakis' name spelled "Kazantzaki" both on the dust jacket & on the title page. Neatly Signed in black ink by Nikos Kazantzakis on the title page; with an elaborate full page Presentation, Inscribed & Signed by George Seferis to Rex Warner in black ink on the half-title & also Signed by Anthony Quinn on the front free endpaper as follows: "Best to you / Anthony Quinn". [Seferis' inscription appears to be the opening lines of his famed poem "Letter to Rex Warner", written by Seferis as a tribute to Warner & to their friendship.] An extraordinary example of Kazantzakis' magnum opus & the basis for the 1964 film of the same name starring Anthony Quinn [Nominated for an Oscar], Alan Bates, Lila Kedrova, Irene Papas, & Sotiris Moustakas & directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis, which brought Kazantzakis worldwide fame. The 1968 musical, Zorba followed. (Kazantzakis' fame was later renewed by the 1988 Martin Scorsese film adaptation of Kazantzakis' novel "The Last Temptation of Christ", a book which the Roman Catholic Church added to its list of Prohibited Books & which caused the Greek Orthodox Church to anathematize him in 1955.) Born in Crete while the island remained a part of the Ottoman Empire, Kazantzakis, after spending much of his life abroad, became active in Greek politics, entering the government as a Minister without Portfolio, but soon resigning. Nominated for the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazantzakis fell one vote short of Albert Camus who was awarded that year's Prize. This remarkable copy of Nikos Kazantzakis' best-known work has been Inscribed by Seferis, a Greek Diplomat & Ambassador to the UK, & one of the Twentieth Century's most important Greek Poets, George Seferis won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture", making him the first Greek ever to have received the Prize. The recipient, Rex Warner, his good friend, frequent translator, & fellow author (whose excellent translations of Seferis' works were a major factor in Seferis' winning the Nobel) with Seferis writing out a portion of his own Tribute poetry in Greek. The success of Zorba the Greek in 1964 was the high water mark of Anthony Quinn's career & resulting in nominations for Best Actor including the Oscars, Best Foreign Actor BAFTA Awards & the Golden Globes; Winning the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor.
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