[Ann Arbor]: [early 1989]. 4to. 4pp. Stapled mimeograph. Light handling creases. Item #403330
SIGNED mimeograph of Brodsky's famed commencement address delivered at the University of Michigan on 18 December 1988, given just months after being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. It is now considered one of the most beautiful and timeless commencement speeches ever given, offering six pieces of wisdom on good-personhood and the meaning of life. The text lay dormant for nearly a decade, considered too provocative for publication, until it was finally transcribed and included in the 1997 anthology 'On Grief and Reason: Essays' under the title “Speech at the Stadium.”.