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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