Mart Raud (writer)

Mart Raud
Martin Raud

(1903-09-14)14 September 1903
Died 6 July 1980(1980-07-06) (aged 76)
Occupation Writer, poet, playwright
Years active 1925–1990
Spouse(s) Valda Raud (née Aaviste)

Mart Raud (14 September 1903 – 6 July 1980) was an Estonian poet, playwright and writer.[1]


Mart Raud was born in Aidu, Kreis Fellin, Governorate of Livonia. He attended the village school in Heimtali (today Pärsti Parish) and the parish schools in Paistu and Viljandi. Later he attended the University of Tartu studying literature. In the 1920s, Raud joined the literary movement Arbujad. After the 1940 Soviet occupation of Estonia, however, he was loyal to the new regime and distanced himself from his previous literary companions, many of whom were deported to Siberia. He was married twice. From his first marriage to the educator Lea Raud he had son, children's writer Eno Raud. His second marriage to the translator Valda Raud resulted in daughter Anu Raud and son Annus Raud. His grandchildren are scholar and author Rein Raud, musician and journalist Mihkel Raud and artist and writer Piret Raud.[2]


  1. ^ Endel Nirk, Estonian literature, Eesti Raamat (1970)
  2. ^ "Kust tulevad lastekirjanikud?" (in Estonian). Eesti Päevaleht. Retrieved 12 February 2010.