No. 5





Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz, born in Lithuania in 1911, died 14 August 2004 in Cracow. Milosz worked for the Resistance in Warsaw during World War II, editing anti-Nazi books and pamphlets. Poet, novelist, essayist and translator, he has published 21 books of poetry since his first, A Poem on Frozen Time, appeared in 1933. English translations of his poetry include The Separate Notebooks, Unattainable Earth, Collected Poems 1931-1987, and Facing the River. He has also written two novels and sixteen nonfiction books, including The Captive Mind and Native Realm. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980 and has won several other prestigious awards, including a 1976 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 1978 Neustadt Prize, and the 1989 National Medal for the Arts. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He holds many honorary doctorates from American and Polish universities. He is an honorary citizen of Lithuania and of the city of Cracow.


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