Max Ehrmann was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on September 16, 1872 to German immigrant parents. In 1894 he graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle. Later Ehrmann studied law and philosophy at Harvard University. He returned to Terre Haute where he practiced law. When he began writing, he devoted every day to his work. Ehrmann wrote many poems, but his most famous poems are "Desiderata" (1927) and "A Prayer (1906)".
Ehrmann's wife was Bertha Scott King Ehrmann, whom he married only three months before his death. Bertha was a native New Yorker who graduated from Smith College. She was a writer and a teacher and published a book called The Worth of a Girl. Max Ehrmann died in 1945. Three months after her husband died, Bertha published four of his books. Bertha died in 1962. Max Ehrmann was known as the "poet laureate" of Terre Haute.
Researched by Sarah, February 1999