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Yevstushenko, Yevgeny Alexandrovich

Born: 1933 AD
Currently alive, at 85 years of age.
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1933- Born on July 18

-A leading postwar Soviet poet

-Reintroduced the love lyric to Russian literature, and during the political thaw following Stalin’s death he led the struggle against superficial optimism in poetry.

-in his most famous poem,
-“Babi Yar”(1961; Eng.,1962), Yevtushenko spoke out against anti-semitism.

-That same year he made his first trip to the United States and has since given many readings of his poems abroad.

-His Precocious Autobiography (1963; Eng. Trans., 1963) incurred the wrath of the Soviet authorities, forcing him simultaneously to apologize for and defend the right to self-determination.
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