Born July 2, 1923, in Kornik, Poland; died of lung cancer, February 1, 2012, in Krakow, Poland. Literary critic and poet.
Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Symborska began writing poetry at the age of four and continued to write until the day she died. Despite a career that lasted more than 80 years, Symborska had only about 400 poems published. The small output did not limit her recognition, however; well-loved in Poland for much of her career, Symborska came to great international attention when she received the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was the fifth Polish or Polish-born writer to receive the prize since its creation in 1901, and the first Polish woman to win the award.
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