Kevin Andrews (writer)

Kevin Andrews (Writer)

Kevin Andrews (writer)

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Kevin Andrews (January 20, 1924 – 1 September 1989) was a philhellene, writer and archaeologist. He was born in Peking, China; second son of Yvette Borup, wife of Roy Chapman Andrews, the American explorer, who however was probably not Kevin's father. Born a U.S. citizen, he became a citizen of Greece in 1975. He was schooled in England, where he learned classical Greek. He served for three years in World War II as a private in the US Army seeing action in Italy. After graduating from Harvard in 1947 he entered for a travelling fellowship in Athens, and his future life in Greece was decided by chance when he was successful; as he said "the award ... was fortuitous since no one else applied for it, and is relevant only as the reason why I went to Greece in the first place."Andrews, Kevin, (1959), The Flight of Ikaros: a journey into Greece, Foreword.

Arrival in Greece

During the autumn of 1947 Andrews arrived at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. It was a time of civil war, the rate of inflation was high and the Greek people were suffering extreme hardship. He was unfortunate and suffered from an "obscure nervous disorder," which turned out to be epilepsy, and spent much of his first winter in a miserable draughty room. Travel was severely restricted; a permit was needed to travel more than a few miles from...
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