BRODSKY, JOSEPH. 1940-1996.
Stikhotvoreniya i poemy. [Verses and Poems.] Washington, DC: Inter-Language Literary Associates, 1965.
8vo (195 x 140 mm). 239 pp. Original wrappers. Small corner crease to front cover, mild sun to wrappers.
FIRST EDITION OF THE UNAUTHORIZED COLLECTION OF HIS POEMS. When he was sentenced to five years at hard labor for "social parasitism" in 1964, Brodsky became the most famous Russian dissident. He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and became Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 and never returned to Russia. This collection of his poetry could only be published abroad and it was rumored that it was financed by the CIA. Brodsky never acknowledged it as it was published without his consent from samizdat sources and he was embarrassed by all the juvenilia it contained.