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Joseph Brodsky was born in Leningrad on May 24, 1940. He left school at the age of fifteen, taking jobs in a morgue, a mill, a ship's boiler room, and a geological expedition. During this time he taught himself English and Polish and began writing poetry. His first poems appeared mainly in Syntax, a Leningrad underground literary magazine. In 1964, he was tried and sentenced to five years of administrative exile for the charge of parasitism. As a result of intervention by prominent Soviet cultural figures, he was freed in 1965. In 1972, under tremendous pressure from the authorities, he emigrated to the United States. He wrote nine volumes of poetry and several collections of essays. His works include A Part of Speech, To Urania, Watermark, On Grief and Reason, So Forth, and Collected Poems in English. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 and was named poet laureate of the United States, the first poet whose native language was not English to achieve this honor. He died of a heart attack on January 28, 1996. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Watermark 540 copies, 9 reviews
Less Than One: Selected Essays 481 copies, 5 reviews
On grief and reason: essays 299 copies, 2 reviews
Collected Poems in English 284 copies, 1 review
A Part of Speech 184 copies, 1 review
To Urania: Poems 146 copies, 1 review
Nativity Poems 137 copies, 2 reviews
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Homage to Robert Frost (Contributor) 55 copies
Fuga da Bisanzio 38 copies, 1 review
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A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (Introduction, some editions) 650 copies, 12 reviews
Bad Trips (Contributor) 222 copies, 6 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 167 copies, 20 reviews
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Contributor) 161 copies
The Best American Essays 1995 (Contributor) 147 copies, 1 review
Granta 30: New Europe (Contributor) 134 copies, 2 reviews
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The Best American Essays 1986 (Contributor) 63 copies, 1 review
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From Poets.org: Joseph Brodsky was born in Leningrad and left school at the age of 15, taking jobs in a morgue, a mill, a ship's boiler room, and a geological expedition. During this time, he taught himself English and Polish and began writing poetry. Brodsky was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972 after serving 18 months of a five-year sentence in a labor camp. According to Brodsky, literature turned his life around. "I was a normal Soviet boy," he said. "I could have become a man of the system. But something turned me upside down: [Fyodor Dostoevsky's] Notes from the Underground. I realized what I am. That I am bad." He moved to the USA, where he made homes in both Brooklyn and Massachusetts. His first book of poetry in English translation appeared in 1973. Celebrated as the greatest Russian poet of his generation, Brodsky authored nine volumes of poetry, as well as several collections of essays, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. In addition to teaching positions at Columbia University and Mount Holyoke College, where he taught for 15 years, Brodsky served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1991 to 1992. In 1993, he joined with Andrew Carroll to found the American Poetry & Literacy Project, a not-for-profit organization devoted to making poetry a more central part of American culture.
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