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Comprehensive information about Joseph Brodsky including biographical information, facts, literary works, and more. Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky was a Soviet-Russian-American poet and essayist. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 for alleged "social parasitism" and settled in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at universities including those at Yale, Cambridge and Michigan. Brodsky was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity". He was appointed American Poet Laureate in 1991.. Russian poet and essayist This educational Joseph Brodsky resource has information about the author's life, works, quotations, articles and essays, and more.


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Quote Left There is but one way left to save a classic: to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation. Quote Right
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Quote Left The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail. Quote Right
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Quote Left Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness. Quote Right
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Quote Left For aesthetics is the mother of ethics. Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe-not empirically, alas, but only theoretically-that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens. Quote Right
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Quote Left It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union. I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot. Quote Right
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