Amy Mims

Ever since the summer of 1958, Amy Mims chose Greece as her permanent homeland — after studying ancient Greek Literature at Harvard and Byzantine History at Oxford. Apart from numerous translations of modern Greek Literature (including three books by Nikos Kazantzakis, and the thousand-page “Iconostasis of Anonymous Saints” by Yiannis Ritsos), she also translated the works of many modern Greek playwrights.

But her most important contribution consists of her own twelve books, beginning with her 1972 Collection of “Prose-Poems” (entitled “The Book of Amy”, and enthusiastically praised by Henry Miller and Anais Nin); continuing with five other books of poems (two of which were focused on Cyprus); and culminating in her “Greek Trilogy”, the 800-page prose account of her creative life in the Greek World (including some of the major events in Greece throughout these past 55 years, as well as her extensive travels and her avant-garde theatre in the 1960’s, full of visitors ranging from Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis to Lawrence Durrell and the Colossus of Maroussi).

Her recent works includes a large Anthology of her poetry and the English edition of the Life Work — titled The Communal Mind and the Master Artifice — of her mother, Professor Helen Sullivan. Most recently, Zorba Press has published a new edition of her book, Ritsos of the Iconostasis.

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