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Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz, born in Szetejnie, Lithuania in 1911, published his first poems in a university magazine in 1930. Two volumes of poetry followed. During World War II he worked for underground presses in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Milosz began work as a diplomat for the Polish government in 1945, but broke from it upon receiving political asylum in Paris in 1951. In 1953 he was awarded the Prix Littéraire European for his novel The Seizure of Power. He became a lecturer in Polish literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and later became professor of Slavic languages and literature there, a positition he still holds. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.

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