Mark Van Doren


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brother of Carl Van Doren, was also a professor of English at Columbia (1920–59) and literary editor of The Nation (1924–28). He wrote critical studies of Thoreau (1916), Dryden (1920), Shakespeare (1939), and Hawthorne (1949). Major criticism is collected in Private Reader (1942), The Happy Critic (1961), and other volumes; and he published his views in Liberal Education (1942) and studied ten great poems in The Noble Voice (1946). His novels include The Transients (1935) and Windless Cabins (1940), the latter a study of a youth haunted by fear after inadvertently killing an evil man. Nobody Say a Word (1953) and Home with Hazel (1957) are among the sources of Collected Stories (1962). His poetry includes Spring Thunder (1924), bucolic verse; Jonathan Gentry (1931), a narrative; Collected Poems (1939, Pulitzer Prize); The Mayfield Deer (1941), retelling a frontier legend; Our Lady Peace (1942) and The Seven Sleepers (1944), war poems; The Country New Year (1946), lyrics on rural life; New Poems (1948); Morning Worship (1960); Collected and New Poems (1963); and Good Morning (1973). The Last Days of Lincoln (1959) is a play. He wrote an Autobiography (1958), and his wife Dorothy wrote The Professor and I (1958).

Subjects: Literature.

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