Joseph Brodsky


Born
in Leningrad, Russian Federation
May 24, 1940

Died
January 28, 1996

Genre

Influences
Anna Akhmatova


Joseph Brodsky (Russian: Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский, IPA: [ɪˈosʲɪf ˈbrot͡skʲɪj] was a Russian-American poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at several universities, including Yale, Columbia, and Mount Holyoke. Brodsky was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity." A journalist asked him: "You are an American citizen who is receiving the Prize for Russian-language poetry. Who are you, an American or a Russian?" Brodsky replied: "I'm Jewish; a Russian poet, an Engli ...more

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Less Than One: Selected Essays

4.38 avg rating — 968 ratings — published 1986 — 33 editions
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A Part of Speech

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To Urania: Poems

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So Forth: Poems

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Остановка в пустыне

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