Iosif [Joseph] Brodsky, a man of unique creative experience, was a dissident poet who, after being banned in his homeland, Russia, and forced into emigration, went on to become Poet Laureate of the United States and a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The versatility of his talent is extraordinary: he became prominent as a Russian poet, as an essayist and a literary critic in English, and as a translator. He has also been well regarded, in certain quarters at least, as an Anglophone poet. His literary works and enlightening educational activities made him a key public figure in world culture towards the end of the twentieth century.
Brodsky was born on 24th May 1940 in Leningrad, in the former Soviet Union (…
Volgina, Arina. "Joseph Brodsky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2004
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