The Desiderata of Happiness (Hardback)

Max Ehrmann

An illustrated gift book of Max Ehrmann's world-famous poem that begins 'Go placidly amid the noise and haste'

Desiderata, that world-famous poem that begins, 'Go placidly amid the noise and haste', must be one of the best-loved poems in the English language, revered by many as the ideal philosophy of life. Few people realise that it was written in 1927 by the Indiana poet Max Ehrmann who died in 1945 and whose work, until the 1960s, was largely forgotten.

This beautiful little book brings together more of the writings of this remarkable man, revealing a love of the world and a concern for its social problems that mark him as one of the greatest spokesman of the twentieth century. Ehrmann was not afraid to express his thoughts about the evils and scandals he saw around him, and in his quest for contentment he turned to nature and the eternal passage of the seasons: his philosophical thoughts are a search for social truth and peace.

Readers will find in his poems much that has relevance today. Through Ehrmann we are led to look again at our twenty-first century values and to turn for truth and reality to the essence of beauty and goodness that lies all around us, if we can but open our eyes to see.

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£8.99

ISBN: 9780285627246

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

The Desiderata of Happiness (Ebook)

Max Ehrmann

An illustrated gift book of Max Ehrmann's world-famous poem that begins 'Go placidly amid the noise and haste'

Desiderata, that world-famous poem that begins, 'Go placidly amid the noise and haste', must be one of the best-loved poems in the English language, revered by many as the ideal philosophy of life. Few people realise that it was written in 1927 by the Indiana poet Max Ehrmann who died in 1945 and whose work, until the 1960s, was largely forgotten.

This beautiful little book brings together more of the writings of this remarkable man, revealing a love of the world and a concern for its social problems that mark him as one of the greatest spokesman of the twentieth century. Ehrmann was not afraid to express his thoughts about the evils and scandals he saw around him, and in his quest for contentment he turned to nature and the eternal passage of the seasons: his philosophical thoughts are a search for social truth and peace.

Readers will find in his poems much that has relevance today. Through Ehrmann we are led to look again at our twenty-first century values and to turn for truth and reality to the essence of beauty and goodness that lies all around us, if we can but open our eyes to see.

Publication date: 01/01/2017

£4.99

ISBN: 9780285643741

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B01MZX9SBQ

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Max Ehrmann

Max Ehrmann

Max Ehrmann was born in Indiana, graduated from De Pauw University, going on to do graduate studies in law and philosophy at Harvard University. After practising law for several years he joined the family business, but retired ten yeas later to concentrate on writing. He died in 1945 and it was only in the late '60s that Desiderata became an cult poem for a new generation.