Angelos Terzakis

He was born in Nafplio on 6/2/1907 and died in Athens on 3/8/1979. He studied law at Athens University and later involved in literature. He and Giorgos Theotokas are considered the main representatives of the theoretical reflection and quests of the renewal generation of the 1930s. In 1925 he presented his first work, The forgotten [O ksechasmenos], a collection of short stories. In the 1930s he turned to writing novels, depicting the Greek interwar society. He wrote nine novels (1932/58), five short stories collections (1925/44) and twelve stage plays (1936/70). He then wrote mainly stage plays. His debut was in 1936 with the Emperor Michael at the National Theater of Greece. He served as general secretary of the National Theater in 1937, and then as general director of drama, history and dramatology with the National Theater Drama School. He fought in the Greek-Italian war and wrote, on behalf of the Greek Armed Forces General Staff, the Greek Epopee 1940/41 (ESTIA 1964). From 1963 to 1967 he was editor in chief with the magazine Epoches (Seasons). In 1938 and in 1939 he was awarded the State Prize for Best Novel. Also in 1957 he was awarded with the State prize for best Stage Play and in 1963 he won 1st state prize for the group of the 12 best poets and writers. He translated 15 ancient dramas and four foreign plays. Princess Isabeau is regarded as one of his most successful works. In 1975, his novel Violet State (Menexedenia Politeia) was adapted into a TV series for the state TV. In addition, he worked as a theater critic since 1948. In 1969 he received the Excellence in Literature award by the Academy of Athens and in 1974 he became an academic. He served as general manager of the GNO (May 1940/March 1944).