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Salvatore Quasimodo

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo

Profession: Author/Poet


Why Famous: 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 WWII 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)

Historical Events

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