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Samuel Bernard Greenberg (December 13, 1893 – August 16, 1917) was an Austrian
Austrians
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-American
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 Jewish poet
Poet
A poet is a person who writes poetry. A poet's work can be literal, meaning that his work is derived from a specific event, or metaphorical, meaning that his work can take on many meanings and forms. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary...

 and artist
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. Greenberg grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side
Lower East Side
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 of New York City
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 and spent the last years of his life in and out of charity hospitals. He died of tuberculosis
Tuberculosis
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 in the Manhattan State Hospital
Manhattan State Hospital
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 on Wards Island. What little mainstream critical attention he has received has arisen through debate over the poet Hart Crane
Hart Crane
-Career:Throughout the early 1920s, small but well-respected literary magazines published some of Crane’s lyrics, gaining him, among the avant-garde, a respect that White Buildings , his first volume, ratified and strengthened...

's re-writing of several Greenberg poems, most notably "Conduct", into "Emblems of Conduct" by Crane.

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