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An Age Ago

A Selection of Nineteenth-Century Russian Poetry

An Age Ago( )
Selected by: Myers, Alan
Translator: Myers, Alan
Foreword by: Brodsky, Joseph
ISBN:978-0-374-52084-7
Publication Date:Sep 1988
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $18.00
Book Description:

Representative selections from the great Russian poets of the nineteenth century, chosen by the uniquely qualified Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky.

"Brodsky's commendable selections offer many of the best-loved and oft-memorized poems of the Russian people." -Library Journal

Book Details
Pages:171
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / Anthologies (Multiple Authors)
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5 x 8 x 0.44 Inches
Book Weight:0.462 Pounds
Author Biography
(Selected by)
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.

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