Joseph Brodsky
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"Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky" was a Russian and American poet and essayist.

Born in Saint Petersburg/Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled ("strongly advised" to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at universities including those at Yale University/Yale, University of Cambridge/Cambridge and University of Michigan/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 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress/United States Poet Laureate in 1991.

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