Max Ehrmann (Poet) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Max Ehrmann

Max Ehrmann was an American writer, poet, and attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana, widely known for his 1927 prose poem “Desiderata”. He often wrote on spiritual themes.

Born: September 26, 1872, Terre Haute, Indiana
Died: September 9, 1945, Terre Haute, Indiana
Resting place: Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Indiana
Nationality: American
Alma mater: DePauw University, Harvard University
Occupation: Attorney, businessman
Known for: Prose poem “Desiderata” (1927)
Home town: Terre Haute, Indiana
Spouse(s): Bertha Pratt King Ehrmann

About Max Ehrmann

American poet and author most remembered for “Desiderata,” a prose poem published in 1927. His other works include The Wife of Marobuis, The Bank Robbery, and The Plummer.

Before Fame

He attended DePauw University and served as editor of the university’s news publication.


He studied law at Harvard University and became an attorney in his home state of Indiana.

Family Life

He married Bertha Pratt King Ehrmann in June of 1945; sadly, he died only three months later.


He was influenced by the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Latest information about Max Ehrmann updated on September 08, 2020.

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