Alexandros Papadiamantis

English
Writer
(1851-1911)

The world known Alexandros Papadiamantis was born in Skiathos on 4 March 1851. His father Adamantios Emmanuel was a priest and his mother Angeliki was daughter of Alexandros Moraitis. They had 8 children but two of them died when they were very young. Alexandros learnt his first letters in Skiathos as internal in the Monastery of Evangelismos. Later he studied at the college of Chalkida and Piraeus. Because of financial problems he delayed the fulfillment of his studies and he finally took the school certificate in 1874 (Varvakeio).

He was a simple person with love for religion; in 1872 he visited Agios Oros and remained there for eight months as junior monk. He did not believe that he was able to bring the “angel shape” and he returned in Athens and he applied at the School of Philosophy at Athens. There he started to write and he wrote his first lyric poem for his mother and he earned his first money by writing in newspapers and religious magazines. Unfortunately his poverty and his fragile health did not permit him to accomplish his studies.

Alexandros Papadiamantis, SkiathosHe left disappointed from the life of Athens and found refuge to his beloved Skiathos and the family warmth. His father was disappointed because he did not accomplish his studies as he believed that he would return to island as a professor in order to help financially his four sisters who stood by him during all his difficult times with loyalty and understanding. Alexandros died in the morning of 3rd January 1911 because of pneumonia. His funeral took place the same day and Georgios Rigas who was a savant of the island delivered an oration. On 22nd November of 1912 Maria Vonaparti visited his tomb and in 1925 Th.Thomopoulos built his bust. Today his paternal house functions as a museum including objects of the life of great Greek litterateur. He is characterized as one of the greatest writers of modern Greece.