Joseph Brodsky

1940 - 1996

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Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (; Russian: Иосиф Александрович Бродский [ɪˈosʲɪf ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈbrotskʲɪj] ; 24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996) was a Russian and American poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in the Soviet Union, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled ("strongly advised" to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in the United States with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at Mount Holyoke College, and at universities including Yale, Columbia, Cambridge, and Michigan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Brodsky has received more than 1,078,919 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Joseph Brodsky is the 350th most popular writer (up from 417th in 2019), the 124th most popular biography from Russia (up from 149th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Russian Writer.

Joseph Brodsky was a Russian poet who was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987.

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Notable Works

Ostanovka v pustyne
Römische Elegien und andere Gedichte
Erinnerungen an Petersburg
Rozhdestvenskie stikhi
Osenniĭ krik i︠a︡streba
Collines, et autres poèmes
Literary Criticism


Among writers, Joseph Brodsky ranks 350 out of 7,302Before him are Henry Miller, Marguerite Yourcenar, Apollonius of Rhodes, Max Brod, Karl May, and Ezra Pound. After him are Ken Follett, Louise Glück, Yunus Emre, Ahmad Yasawi, Herta Müller, and Mikhail Lermontov.

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Among people born in 1940, Joseph Brodsky ranks 22Before him are Frank Zappa, Wangari Maathai, Gao Xingjian, Muhammad Yunus, J. M. Coetzee, and Carlos Slim. After him are Michel Temer, Saparmurat Niyazov, Brian De Palma, Martin Sheen, Joachim Gauck, and John Hurt. Among people deceased in 1996, Joseph Brodsky ranks 11Before him are Thomas Kuhn, Carl Sagan, Marguerite Duras, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Dzhokhar Dudayev, and Jean-Bédel Bokassa. After him are Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Whittle, Tadeusz Reichstein, René Lacoste, Paul Erdős, and Lars Ahlfors.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Joseph Brodsky ranks 124 out of 3,761Before him are Sergey Kirov (1886), Mikhail Bakhtin (1895), Feodor III of Russia (1661), Vasily Chuikov (1900), Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), and False Dmitry I (1581). After him are Mikhail Lermontov (1814), Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Vasili IV of Russia (1552), Vasili III of Russia (1479), and Nikolai Yezhov (1895).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Joseph Brodsky ranks 16Before him are Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Boris Pasternak (1890), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), and Mikhail Sholokhov (1905). After him are Mikhail Lermontov (1814), Sergei Yesenin (1895), Vladimir Vysotsky (1938), Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884), Ivan Bunin (1870), and Marina Tsvetaeva (1892).