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Ivar Ivask

Ivar Vidrik Ivask (December 17, 1927 Riga – September 23, 1992 Fountainstown, Ireland) was an Estonian poet and literary scholar.

He escaped in 1944 from Estonia to Germany and lived from 1949 onwards in the United States and from 1991 in Ireland.

He worked as a professor of Modern Languages and Literatures in the University of Oklahoma, writing mainly on Spanish language literature.

From 1967 to 1991 he was the editor-in-chief of the international literary quarterly World Literature Today (formerly Books Abroad) and directed its two affiliated biennial literary programs, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1970- ) and the Puterbaugh Conferences on Writers of the French-Speaking and Hispanic World (1968- ), later known as Puterbaugh Conference on World Literature.[1]

He was married to Latvian poet and translator Astrid Ivask (1926–2015).


  1. ^ Lituanus. Lithuanian Quarterly Journal of Arts and Sciences. Volume 32, No. 1 - Spring 1986 [1]

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