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Salvatore Quasimodo

Author and Poet Salvatore Quasimodo

Profession: Author and Poet


Biography: Awarded the 1959 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times".

During his early career Quasimodo was part of the hermetic poetry movement in Italy.

After World War II his translation of classical poets strongly influenced his works.

Born: August 20, 1901
Birthplace: Modica, Italy

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo

Died: June 14, 1968 (aged 66)
Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

Historical Events

  • 1959-12-10 Novel Prize for Literature awarded to Sicilian writer Salvatore Quasimodo for his lyrical poetry