GregoriosXenopoulos (1867-1951) created one of the most influential female characters of Greek literature, Stella Violanti (1909.) Stella became synonymous with the female struggle for gender and sexual self-determination.
He was the pioneer of middle-class realism in the modern Greek novel and theater. His starting point is the Ionian and Athenian society, and from there, he deviates into a vibrant naturalism that, at times, approaches Ibsen’s dramatic style. As the director of the legendary children’s magazine Diaplasis ton Paidon (1896-1948) and the founder of the newspaper Nea Hestia he was noted for his insight and foresight by introducing the Alexandrian poet Kavafis to the Greek public in 1903.