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Würdemann, Audrey May Katherine Vanderbilt

Female 1911 - 1960  (49 years)


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  • Name Würdemann, Audrey May Katherine Vanderbilt 
    Born 01 Jan 1911  Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Poet 
    Died 20 May 1960  Miami, FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14008  Wuerdemann Family
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2009 

    Father Würdemann, Harry Vanderbilt,   b. 1865 
    Mother Flynn, May Audrey 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2053  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Auslander, Joseph,   b. 11 Oct 1897, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1965, Coral Gables, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 1932 
    Children 
    +1. Auslander, Anna Mary
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2009 
    Family ID F4857  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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    • Audrey May Vanderbilt- Wurdemann was born in Wisconsin. After winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry she and her husband Joseph Auslander moved to another location. Auslander by the way means "Out of this land".
    • Audrey Wurdemann was an American poet, and the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry at the age of 24, for her collection Bright Ambush. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Percy Bysshe Shelley. 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. She subsequently collaborated with him on the novels My Uncle Jan and The Islanders.

      They spent their last years living in Coral Gables, Florida.
      [edit] Works

      Poetry

      * The House of Silk (1927)
      * Bright Ambush (1934, winner of the 1935 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
      * The Seven Sins (1935)
      * Splendour in the Grass (1936)
      * Testament of Love (1938)

      Fiction

      * My Uncle Jan (1945) with Joseph Auslander
      * The Islanders (1951) with Joseph Auslander

      [edit] External links

      * Oxford Companion to American Literature
      * New York Times Obituary