14 September 1903
Aidu, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire
|Died||6 July 1980
Tallinn, Harju County, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union
|Occupation||Writer, poet, playwright|
|Spouse(s)||Valda Raud (née Aaviste)|
Mart Raud was born in Aidu, 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 to Valada Raud and had two children, children's writer Eno Raud and daughter Anu Raud. His grandchildren are scholar and author Rein Raud, musician and journalist Mihkel Raud and artist and writer Piret Raud.
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