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Audrey Wurdemann

Born: Jan 1, 1911

Death: May 20, 1960

Birthplace: Seattle

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Audrey Wurdemann

Date of Birth : Jan 1, 1911
Date of Death : May 20, 1960
Birth Place : Seattle

Audrey Wurdemann was an American poet. She was the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry at the age of 24, for her collection Bright Ambush. Wurdemann was born in Seattle, Washington. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Percy Bysshe Shelley.[source?] She never attended grammar school, and entered high school at the age of 11. Her first collection of poetry, 'The House of Silk' was published when she was 16, sponsored by California poet George Sterling. She was a 1931 honors graduate of the University of Washington. After college she traveled through Asia. She married poet and novelist Joseph Auslander in 1932 and moved to New York City, where he taught at Columbia. They moved to Washington, DC when Auslander was appointed the first Poet Laureate Consultant in poetry of the Library of Congress; they lived at 3117 35th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood. She subsequently collaborated with him on the novels My Uncle Jan and The Islanders. They spent their last years living in Coral Gables, Florida. Her work appeared in Harper's, and Poetry magazine. Their papers are held at the University of Miami.


  • Writer
  • Poet


  • Joseph Auslander

Awards Won

  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
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