Both Miller and Durrell were close friends. Miller described him as a colossus, and made him the subject of a book: Durrell (together with Miller) treasured their passionate discussions about literature and Greece, and later their collective correspondence. Seferis was a close friend and fellow force in Greek literature. The teenage Valaoritis had his work published by Katsimbalis in his journal ‘Ta Nea Grammata’, alongside established poets like Seferis and Elytis (whom he’d also encouraged). Stephanides, a close lasting friend, met him in the Greek artillery during WWl; Friar was another close friend.