Carl Van Doren

Van Doren, Carl (Clinton)

Carl (Clinton) Van Doren, 1885–1950, American editor and author, b. Hope, Vermilion co., Ill., grad. Univ. of Illinois, 1907, Ph.D. Columbia, 1911; brother of Mark Van Doren. He lectured at Columbia from 1911 and was an associate in English until 1930. He was literary editor of the Nation (1919–22) and Century Magazine (1922–25), managing editor of The Cambridge History of American Literature (1917–21) and editor of the Literary Guild (1926–34). His writings include critical works, such as Many Minds (1924), American Literature: an Introduction (1933), a study of Sinclair Lewis (1933), and The American Novel, 1789–1939 (1940); fiction, such as The Ninth Wave (1926); historical works, such as his Secret History of the American Revolution (1941) and The Great Rehearsal (1948); and biographies, such as those of Thomas Love Peacock (1911), Jonathan Swift (1930), and Benjamin Franklin (1938; Pulitzer Prize).

See his autobiography, Three Worlds (1936).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The American Novel, 1789-1939
Carl Van Doren.
Macmillan, 1940 (Revised edition)
Contemporary American Novelists, 1900-1920
Carl Van Doren.
Macmillan & Co., 1931
The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom
Carl Van Doren; Benjamin Franklin; Jane Mecom.
Princeton University Press, 1950
Jane Mecom, the Favorite Sister of Benjamin Franklin: Her Life Here First Fully Narrated from Their Entire Surviving Correspondence
Carl Van Doren.
Viking Press, 1950
Benjamin Franklin and the American Character
Charles L. Sanford.
D. C. Heath, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Meet Doctor Franklin" and Chap. 13 "Concluding Paper" by Van Doren
James Branch Cabell
Carl Van Doren.
R. M. McBride & Company, 1932
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Carl Van Doren: Franklin and French Ladies" begins on p. 228
America's 93 Greatest Living Authors Present This Is My Best: Over 150 Self-Chosen and Complete Masterpieces, Together with Their Reasons for Their Selections
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "Swift and Vanessa" from Van Doren's "Swift" begins on p. 683
Living Authors: A Book of Biographies
Stanley Kunitz; Dilly Tante.
H. W. Wilson, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Information on Van Doren begins on p. 416
Cavalcade of the American Novel: From the Birth of the Nation to the Middle of the Twentieth Century
Edward Wagenknecht.
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1952
Many Minds
Carl Van Doren.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1924
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