Ehrmann, Max

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(1872-1945) US lawyer and author, most famous for "Desiderata", a prose poem whose copyright was registered by Ehrmann on 3 January 1927 which sets down a range of homilies about living the good life; it was published in various formats (including many 1960s and 1970s posters, and a spoken recitation as "Spock Thoughts" on a 1968 album by Leonard Nimoy) and is often wrongly sourced to a seventeenth-century tombstone inscription or Latin text. Of sf interest is Ehrmann's A Fearsome Riddle (1901), in which a Mad Scientist explores more deeply than is wise the mysteries of Time, in an ultimately disastrous attempt to control it. [JC]

Max Ehrmann

born Terre Haute, Indiana: 26 September1872

died 9 September 1945

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