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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Carl Van Doren: Selected full-text books and articles

The American Novel, 1789-1939 By Carl Van Doren Macmillan, 1940 (Revised edition)
The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom By Benjamin Franklin; Jane Mecom; Carl Van Doren Princeton University Press, 1950
Benjamin Franklin and the American Character By 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 By Carl Van Doren R. M. McBride & Company, 1932
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry By Whit Burnett Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Carl Van Doren: Franklin and French Ladies" begins on p. 228
Living Authors: A Book of Biographies By Stanley Kunitz; Dilly Tante H. W. Wilson, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Information on Van Doren begins on p. 416
Many Minds By Carl Van Doren Alfred A. Knopf, 1924
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