Joseph Brodsky began teaching at Mount Holyoke in 1974. For the last fifteen years of his life until his death in 1996, he was Andrew W. Mellow Professor of Literature at the College. He died at the age of fifty-five. He was a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 and was appointed United States poet laureate in 1991.
Joseph Brodsky: A Virgilian Hero, Doomed Never to Return Homeby Bengt Jangfeldt