Who is Max Ehrmann?

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Who is Max Ehrmann?

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:25 am

Here is a short bio of the author of Desiderata.

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Max Ehrmann was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on September 26, 1872. He was the fifth and last child of Maximilian Ehrmann, Sr. and Margaret Barbara Lutz Ehrmann, both of whom emigrated to the United States in the late 1840s from Bavaria, Germany.

Ehrmann received his early education from the Terre Haute Fourth District School and the German Methodist Church. Between 1890-94 he attended De Pauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. While at De Pauw, Ehrmann became editor of the school newspaper, Depauw Weekly.

Upon graduation, Ehrmann studied law and philosophy at Harvard and edited The Rainbow, a national college fraternity magazine. While at Harvard, he also published his first book, A Farrago, in 1898.

Returning to Terre Haute in 1898, Ehrmann practiced law as Deputy States Attorney for two years. He then worked for a number of years as credit manager and attorney for his brother's manufacturing business.

At the age of 40, Ehrmann left the family business and returned to writing full-time. Throughout his career, he wrote more than 20 books and pamphlets and many essays and poems that were published separately in newspapers and magazines. His most acclaimed work was "Desiderata" originally published in 1927. This prose-poem brought Ehrmann national attention because of its identification with Adelai Stevenson and because of the confusion regarding its copyright and authorship. "Desiderata" has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies and was produced as a single record by Warner Brothers in 1971 and has been translated into 32 languages.

Max Ehrmann died September 9, 1945.

Source: http://www.wvu.edu/~lawfac/jelkins/lp-2001/ehrmann.html
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Unread postby lumineuse » Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:27 am

That's interesting. Does anyone know anything about how it was associated with Adlai Stevenson?
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:45 am

lumineuse wrote: That's interesting. Does anyone know anything about how it was associated with Adlai Stevenson?


lumineuse, I believe Stevenson used it in his Christmas card one year.
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Unread postby lumineuse » Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:53 am

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:
lumineuse wrote: That's interesting. Does anyone know anything about how it was associated with Adlai Stevenson?


lumineuse, I believe Stevenson used it in his Christmas card one year.


Oh..... I was hoping it wasn't in his political campaigns!
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