Joseph Brodsky

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Birthday
24, 1940
Birthplace
Russia
DEATH DATE
Jan 28, 1996 (55)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
24, 1940
Birthplace
Russia
DEATH DATE
Jan 28, 1996 (55)

About

Russian-born, Nobel Prize-winning poet, essayist, and playwright who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1991. His best-known works include A Part of Speech, To Urania, and Less Than One.

Before Fame

He grew up in Leningrad and worked for a time in a prison morgue. He was banished from the Soviet Union in 1972, and after spending time in Austria, he moved to the United States.

Trivia

He taught at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Michigan, and Columbia University, among other schools.

Family Life

He was married to Maria Sozzani from 1990–1996.

Associated With

His immigration to the United States was aided by W.H. Auden and other literary supporters.