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Louis Grudan (1898-1993), The Outer Land, and other poems. New York: Dial Press, 1951. Courtesy

Louis Grudin (1898 - May 28, 1993) was an avant-garde American poet and artist.


Grudin was born in the Ukraine. Immigrating to the United States, he studied at the University of Alabama, City College of New York, the Art Students League, and the National Academy of Design. Originally making a living as a freelance artist and editor, he later became the art director of a New York City advertising agency, where he worked until retiring in 1963.[1]

In the 1920's Grudin was a member of Maxwell Bodenheim's circle in New York. His poems and reviews appeared in The Nation, the Saturday Review of Literature, The Little Review, Broom, and The Dial.[1]

He married Lillian Steigman; the marriage lasted 66 years, until his death.[1]


William Carlos Williams called Grudin's poem "The Dust on Spring Street", published in The Outer Land, "the best poem written in my language in this generation," adding that "there is none that in vigor, perception of the modern requirements in sheer metrics, imaginative invention and honesty of diction can touch it."[1]



  • Poems for L.S. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama, 1918.
  • Charlatan: A book of poems. New York: Lieber & Lewis, 1923.
  • Vaudeville. New York: privately published, 1926.
  • A Tearless Glass. New York: Covici Friede, 1934.
  • The Outer Land, and other poems. New York: Dial Press, 1951.
  • An Eye in the Sky. New York: Dial Press, 1966.


  • Inky Darkling. New York: Dial Press, 1954.


Collected editions[]

  • Tales and Poems. New York: Horizon Press, 1976.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wolfgang Saxon, "Louis Grudin Dies; Avant-Garde Poet And Artist Was 94," New York Times, May 29, 1993. Web, June 27, 2015.
  2. Search results = au:Louis Grudin, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 27, 2015.

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