Mark Van Doren

Van Doren, Mark

Mark Van Doren 1894–1973, American poet and critic, b. Hope, Vermilion co., Ill., grad. Univ. of Illinois, 1914, Ph.D. Columbia, 1920; brother of Carl Van Doren. He taught English at Columbia (1920–59), where he was a renowned and dedicated teacher. He was also on the staff of the Nation (1924–28, 1935–38). With Carl Van Doren he wrote American and British Literature since 1890 (1939). He wrote critical studies of various authors, including John Dryden (1920) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1949), compiled several anthologies, and collected his lectures on poetry in The Noble Voice (1946). As a poet Van Doren was deeply influenced by Wordsworth. Among his volumes of poems are Collected Poems, 1922–1938 (1939; Pulitzer Prize) and Morning Worship and Other Poems (1959). Other writings include novels and a play, The Last Days of Lincoln (1959). He also wrote the influential Liberal Education (1943).

See his collected stories (3 vol., 1962–68) and collected poems (1963 and 1969); his autobiography (1958); the memoirs of his wife, Dorothy Graffe Van Doren, The Professor and I (1959).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Mark Van Doren: Selected full-text books and articles

The Mayfield Deer By Mark Van Doren H. Holt and Company, 1941
Modern Verse in English, 1900-1950 By Allen Tate; David Cecil Macmillan, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Return to Ritual", "This Amber Sunstream", "Private Worship", "Civil War" and "Young Woman at a Window" by Mark Van Doren
Fifty Poets: An American Auto-Anthology By William Rose Benét Duffield and Green, 1933
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Wit" by Mark Van Doren
A Treasury of Great Poems: English and American By Louis Untermeyer Simon & Schuster, 1942
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Proper Clay" by Mark Van Doren
FREE! The Poetry of John Dryden By Mark Van Doren Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920
Edwin Arlington Robinson By Mark Van Doren The Literary Guild of America, 1927
Walt Whitman: Man, Poet, Philosopher: Three Lectures By Gay Wilson Allen; David Daiches; Mark Van Doren Reference Dept., Library of Congress, 1955
Librarian’s tip: "The Poet" by Mark Van Doren begins on p. 15
Creative America By Kennedy Ridge Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Includes "The Creative Heritage" by Mark Van Doren
Don Quixote's Profession By Mark Van Doren; Joseph Low Columbia University Press, 1958
Mark Van Doren Remembered By Hart, Jeffrey New Criterion, Vol. 18, No. 10, June 2000
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