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Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Hans Magnus Enzensberger, considered Germany's most important living poet, is also a highly regarded author, essayist, journalist, dramatist, editor, publisher, and translator. Born in 1929 in Bavaria, he was educated in German universities and also at the Sorbonne in Paris where he studied Philosophy and Literature. He later received his doctorate in1955. Enzensberger is best known for his very unique sense of poetry. Among his many acclaimed works are poems such as, “Middle Class Blues” and the poetry book, ‘Die Geschichte Der Wolken’. Throughout his life, he has received several awards including the special Lifetime Recognition Award given by the trustees of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, the Nuremberg Cultural Prize and the Pasolini Prize. The most recent volume of his poems to be translated (by Michael Hamburger) into English is called Kiosk, published in 1997. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages.