The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

May 24, 2017

May 24, 1940

When Joseph Brodsky (May 24, 1940 to January 28, 1996) was expelled from his homeland in 1972, his literary reputation assured him assistance in relocating to a new country and culture. W. H Auden, an early admirer of the Russian poet, was just one of many of Brodsky's supporters. Brodsky taught at various universities in the West, including Yale and Cambridge. Honors followed him: In 1979 he was inducted as a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1981, Brodsky received the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" award, and in 1987, the Nobel Prize for Literature. France's Legion of Honor (2011.)

Brodsky had been forced to emigrate. When he left Leningrad, Brodsky believed that he would still be able to see his parents. As it turned out, the fight to be able to see them would last over ten years. Leading American politicians Edward Kennedy and Henry Kissinger was both involved in the fight.....He also left his own child and its mother.

One constant though, in his new lands, and besides his genius, was cats.

This is "Osya.

This is "Mississippi".

And I just like this photo (1985). New York City.

Our ignorance of what they shared,  is perhaps a blessing.

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