The Danish Institute at Athens has been
entrusted with the complete personal archive of the Greek poet,
lyricist, playwright, and author, Dimitris Christodoulou.
The archive and all its contents may be accessed at the Nordic Library.
Dimitris Christodoulou was born in Athens in 1924. He studied at the Drama School of the Greek National Theatre and also studied Political Science at Panteion University in Athens. During the occupation he became a member of EAM (The National Liberation Front), and in 1944-45, he was held captured for three months by the English in the camp “El Daba” in Egypt.
His work first appeared in public in 1952 in the magazine Makedonika Grammata (Macedonian Letters), where his poem Nychtofylakas (Nightwatch) was published.
In the period 1967-72, Dimitris Christodoulou lived in Paris. He published 27 collections of poetry, 15 novels, five short stories and wrote 13 theatrical plays.
He also made a vast contribution to the Greek treasury of song as a lyricist, as he wrote some of the most important songs put to music by great and important composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarchakos, Manos Loisos, Christos Leontis, Nikos Mamangakis, Notis Mavroeidis, and also Linos Kokkotos, Mimis Plessas, Giorgos Zampetas and Kostas Chatzis.
Dimitris Christodoulou passed away on 4 March 1991.
The Dimitris Christodoulou archive contains personal letters, manuscripts, photographs, all published and unpublished material, LPs, shorter and longer videos, and much more.
The catalogue, which is in Greek, is divided into 13 categories:
The archive covers the years 1954-91, and is organized chronologically within each category. It consists of both typed (ΔΦ) and handwritten (ΧΦ) material (in bound books), photographs, LPs and electronic AV material.
The archive is catalogued by Antonis Petratos.
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