Louis Dudek's contribution to Canadian literature has been enormous. He has been called Canada's first man of letters, in the tradition of Arnold and Pound. Infinite Worlds is a major selection of Dudek's work, edited by poet and teacher Robin Blaser. Selections have been drawn from 15 books and one journal spanning 42 years.
Louis Dudek was one of Canadaas most important and influential cultural workers. After gaining his PhD from Columbia University, Dudek in 1951 returned from New York to Montreal, the city of his birth, to take up a position as professor of English at McGill. Dudekas return to Canada marked the beginning of his efforts to revolutionize the Montreal poetry scene through little magazines and small-press publishing, providing alternatives to commercial presses and opportunities for talented young poets. In 1956 he started The McGill Poetry Series , which gave a start to several young poets, including Leonard Cohen. The author of numerous books of poetry, Louis Dudek died in 2001.