My respect for this organization has no borders … PEN has been so fierce, so consistent and ferocious in its efforts that it is hard to ignore their worldwide impact.
Founding Team & Goals
The goals of the Greek PEN are the effort to strengthen the extroversion of Greek literature, the creation of communication channels between Greek authors and people from other literary backgrounds, the contribution to the dissemination of literacy at the national level, the undertaking of actions and the support of initiatives aimed at preserving and safeguarding the right to freedom of expression and the circulation of ideas.
The Charter of PEN International has guided, unified and inspired its members for over 60 years. Its principles were implicit at the organisation’s founding in 1921. However, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the PEN Charter was forged amidst the harsh realities of World War Two. It was approved at the 1948 PEN Congress in Copenhagen.
ABOUT PEN INTERNATIONAL
PEN International was founded in 1921 and is one of the largest international organizations in the field of promoting literature and protecting freedom of expression. Its members include (or have been included at times) great names in literature and the intellectual world – from James Baldwin, Margaret Adwood, Tony Morrison, Philip Roth, John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and M. Hain, Joseph Conrad, Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag, and Don Delilo.