Papadiamantis was born in Greece, on the island of Skiathos, in the western part of the Aegean Sea.
The island would figure prominently in his work. He moved to Athens as a young man to complete his high school studies, and enrolled at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, but never completed his studies.
He returned to his native island in later life. He supported himself by writing throughout his adult life, anything from journalism and short stories to several serialized novels.
From a certain point onwards he had become very popular, and newspapers and magazines vied for his writings, offering him substantial fees.
"My idea for the Avlios Restaurant on Papadiamanti Street...Alexandros Papadiamantis as Andy Warhol Poster!"
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