by George J. Dance


Herman Spector (1905-1959). Courtesy Modern American Poetry.

Herman Spector (1905-1959) was an American poet.[1]


Spector was born and lived his entire life in New York City. He dropped out of high school and worked at a variety of menial jobs. He married and fathered a daughter.[2]

He was a contributing editor of the Communist magazine New Masses and the poetry magazines Dynamo and Blues. He contributed to many other periodicals, including Exile, The American Caravan, Free Verse, Palo Verde, Transition, and Unrest. His poetry was anthologized in the Anthology of Revolutionary Poetry.[2]

Edward Newhouse described him as "a slender young man, of medium height, full of nervous energy; in manner, friendly, gay, sardonic." Joseph Vogel, who met him in the late 1920s, said of him "Spector was tall and lean; he had penetrating eyes. One thing I admired about him, he could immediately see through sham."[2]



  • We Gather Strength: Poems (by Herman Spector, Joseph Kalar, Edwin Rolfe, Sol Funaroff, & Michael Gold). New York: Liberal Press, 1933.

Collected editionsEdit

  • Bastard in the Ragged Suit: Writings of, with drawings by, Herman Spector (edited by Bud Johns & Judith S Clancy). San Francisco Synergistic Press, 1977.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. Herman Spector (1905-1959), Modern American Poetry, University of Illinois,, Web, Jan. 15, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bud Johns and Judith M. Clancy, "Herman Spector's Life and Career," Modern American Poetry, University of Illinois,, Web, Jan. 15, 2012.
  3. Search results = au:Herman Spector, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 2, 2015.

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