On nine unpublished letters of the young Theotokas
Author: Krikos-Davis, Katerina
Source: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Volume 19, 1995 , pp. 135-145(11)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The nine letters to be discussed here were written by George Theotokas (1905–1966) in the space of ten months, that is, between the 20th of December 1922 and the 14th of October 1923. This was the first year he spent in Greece and also his first year at the University of Athens where he studied law. Indeed, eight of these letters were sent from Athens and one (No.8) from Leros where he stayed for part of his summer holidays. The recipient was Sophoclis Dimitriadis, an old school-friend. During the same period Dimitriadis was first in Vienna following a course of commercial studies, then back in Constantinople and finally in Bucharest for business reasons as the family firm had connections there. His own letters in reply have not been found nor indeed any of those which, presumably, Theotokas wrote to him in subsequent years. In the latter instance, the only exception is a card dated 13 September 1947 where he expresses regret for having seen Dimitriadis only once during that summer and explains that he had been too preoccupied with his father's illness. In fact, although their interests and professional lives were quite different (Theotokas a lawyer but first and foremost a writer, Dimitriadis a businessman), it seems that they never lost touch altogether but made a point of meeting every so often until, that is, Dimitriadis' premature death in 1964, two years before that of Theotokas.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1995-01-01