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Eva Palmer SikelianosA Life in Ruins$
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Artemis Leontis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691171722

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691171722.001.0001

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(p.174) Chapter 5 Writing
Eva Palmer Sikelianos

Artemis Leontis

Princeton University Press

This chapter follows Eva Palmer Sikelianos's life to its end. From writing Upward Panic to exchanging weaving tips, to translating Angelos Sikelianos's work, to becoming a polylingual correspondent with hundreds of people as World War II gave way to the Cold War, Eva made writing the primary medium of her art of living. She found urgency in writing—a clarity of purpose that propelled her into the present in a new way—especially after she received a contraband package of Angelos's wartime resistance poems on the eve of the Greek civil war in 1944. The urgency of that critical moment thrust her into political action, turning her pen into a tool for anti-imperialist activism in a way that set up her brilliant last act.

Keywords:   Eva Palmer Sikelianos, Upward Panic, Angelos Sikelianos, writing, political action

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