Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Modica, Sicily in 1901. He is the author of 14 poetry collections, including Acque e terre (1930), La terra impareggiabile (1958), and Oboe sommerso (1932). Some of his writings have been translated into English in The Selected Writings of Salvatore Quasimodo (1960) and Selected Poems (1965). His honors include the Etna-Taormina International Prize in poetry, which he received along with Dylan Thomas in 1953, and the 1959 Nobel Prize for Literature. A leader of the Hermetic School of Poetry, Quasimodo was appointed Chair of Italian Literature at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan in 1941. He has also published a number of Italian translations, including plays by William Shakespeare, Greek tragedies by Sophocles and Euripides, and poetry by E. E. Cummings and Pablo Neruda. Salvatore Quasimodo died in 1968.