Audrey Wurdmann (1911-1960), sketch by J. Burlinson. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Audrey Wurdemann
Born January 1, 1911(1911-Template:MONTHNUMBER-01)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Died May 20, 1960(1960-Template:MONTHNUMBER-20) (aged 49)
Miami, Florida, United States
Occupation Poet
Nationality United States American
Spouse(s) Joseph Auslander

Audrey Wurdemann (January 1, 1911 - May 20, 1960) was an American poet. She was the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry at the age of 24.


Wurdemann 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 American 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 to 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.


Bright Ambush (1934) won the 1935 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.



  • The House of Silk. New York: H. Vinal, 1927.
  • Bright Ambush. New York: John Day Co., 1934; New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1935.
  • The Seven Sins. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1935.
  • Splendour in the Grass. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1936.
  • Testament of Love: a sonnet sequence. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1938.


  • My Uncle Jan (with Joseph Auslander). New York: Longmans, Green, 1948.
  • The Islanders (with Joseph Auslander). New York: Longmans, Green, 1951.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[1]

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