BRODSKY, JOSEPH. 1940-1996.
Autograph Manuscript in Russian, entitled "Shest let spustya" [Six Years Later], 2 pp recto and verso, 4to.
MANUSCRIPT FAIR COPY OF ONE OF THE POET'S BEST KNOWN WORKS. The poem was first published in Ostanovka v pustyne [A Stop in the Desert], New York: Chekhov, 1970, p 100.
Inscribed at bottom verso to Mikhail Glinka and dated December 17, 1969; countersigned by M. Glinka to the poet and artist Yuliya Mikhaylovna Belomlinskaya and dated January 21, 1975. Written in early 1968, "Shest let spustya" remains one of the Nobel Prize winner's most popular poems. It is an elegant reflection on his break with his lover, and mother of his son Andrei, the painter Marina Basmanova. Since its appearance in The New Yorker (January 1, 1979, p 30), it is perhaps as well known in Richard Wilbur's beautiful translation as in the original Russian.