Louis Dudek (1266 words)

Medrie Purdham (University of Regina)
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As a poet, critic, academic, editor, anthologist, publisher and “man of letters”, Louis Dudek gave Canadian literary culture the full and diverse benefit of his thoroughgoing humanism. Dudek’s literary accomplishments reflect his deep belief in the civilizing effects of poetry and its “practical role in the realm of human values.” He proclaimed the power of poetry to redress a number of social ills – alienation, disaffection, anarchy, and barbarism – through its careful groundedness in the individual poet’s morality and rationality.

Dudek was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1918 to parents of Polish descent (via Russia and England). He was educated in Montreal at McGill University (B.A.1939), where he …

Citation: Purdham, Medrie. "Louis Dudek". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 May 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1333, accessed 24 October 2021.]

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