Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-1968)

Death: 14th June 1968
Location: Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy
Cause of Death: Cerebral Haemorrhage
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Italian Poet. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1959 'for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times'. 
He was born in Sicily where he remained until 1918 when he left for Rome to study for a career in engineering. Unfortunately he did not have the money to finish his engineering degree but instead qualified as a surveyor. During this time he started to teach himself Greek and Latin and started reading classics and philosophy.  In 1920 he started work as a technical designer for a construction firm. In 1926 he changed jobs and joined the state department of civil engineering. With his new job he was able to spend more time on his poetry. 
In 1938 he gave up his job and settled permanently in Milan where he worked as a drama critic and then was appointed professor of Italian literature at the Milan Conservatory of Music. Quasimodo died when he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage while judging a poetry competition.