|Psyrras Thomas, Literature in Larissa (19th to 21st century), Draft, Larissa, 2008
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Giannis Negrepontes (Larissa, 1930 – Athens, 1991), was the pseudonym of poet Giannis Ksinotroulias. He left Larissa very early and he didn’t keep some special bonds with his birthplace. But the general context of his childhood in Larissa influenced his work.
Giannis Negrepontes had common interests with Larissian writers Makis Lachanas and Vasiliki Papagianni. He also castigated the morals and the “provincialism” of the economically developed city of Larissa. Moreover, in his case, his satirical discourse was also inspired by Chrysanthos (Mentis) Bostantzoglou / Bost (Greek playwright, painter, and cartoonist).
Giannis Negrepontes studied archaeology at the University of Athens and drama in the School of Athens Auditorium. He wrote in art and literary magazines “Elliniki Dimiourgia”, “Epitheorisi Texnis”, in newspapers “Kathimerini”, “Avgi”. He also collaborated with the National Radio Broadcasting Channel –ERA. After, 1967, he wrote lyrics and many of them were set to music by important composers Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Loizos, Christos Leontis and Loukianos Kelaidonis.
Around 1958, he published his first poetic collection “Faces and Space”; the main subject of this collection was the life of the Greek bourgeois in the chaotic environment of the postwar Greece.
Giannis Negrepontes was exiled in the island of Leros during dictatorship of 1968. He continued to write secretly in Leros.
It is a fact that during the decade 1960 to 1970 was observed a particular regeneration of Larissian arts and letters but unfortunately couldn’t flourish due to the traumatic years of dictatorship.
His works are numerous and they are available in Greek language.