By the time he was attending college at Columbia University in the early 1920s, Whittaker Chambers intended to become a poet.

His favorite professor, Mark Van Doren, encouraged him in this.

Some of Chambers’ poetry appears in his books Witness and Cold Friday. Some appeared in print in the 1920s — including some pieces that resurfaced during the trials of Alger Hiss in 1949. Click here to get to poetry by Whittaker Chambers.

Some admirers have written poetry about Whittaker Chambers.


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