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John Ashbery, Celebrated And Experimental Poet Of The 20th Century, Dies At 90

Bebeto Matthews/AP John Ashbery, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his surrealist, confounding works, has died at age 90.

The poet died early Sunday of natural causes, confirms Farrar, Straus & Giroux, the publicist for a new Ashbery biography.

His 1975 collection, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror , what many consider his masterpiece , won a rare trifecta of the literary world: the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize.

While his enigmatic poems confounded literary critics and peers, his experimental style reinvented literature for a generation of writers.

In fact, Ashbery joked to The Associated Press in 2008 that, were he to verbify his last name, it would mean "to confuse the hell out of people."


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