Audrey Wurdemann (1911-1960)

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Audrey Wurdemann (January 1, 1911 - May 20, 1960) won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1935 for her book Bright Ambush, and, at age 24, was the youngest winner of that award. She published five volumes of poems, and was the great-granddaughter of Percy Bysshe Shelley. With her husband, Joseph Auslander, she collaborated on short stories and two novels, My Uncle Jan (1945) and The Islanders (1951). Wurdemann served as the secretary of the Poetry Office at the Library of Congress, where her husband was appointed the first person to serve as Poet Consultant (later renamed US Poet Laureate).

DC Writers' Homes: http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/auslander-wurdemann.html

Submitted by Kim Roberts, January 2016.


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