Van Doren, Carl

Van Doren, Carl (Clinton),

1885–1950, American editor and author, b. Hope, Vermilion co., Ill., grad. Univ. of Illinois, 1907, Ph.D. Columbia, 1911; brother of Mark Van DorenVan Doren, Mark
1894–1973, American poet and critic, b. Hope, Vermilion co., Ill., Ph.D. Columbia, 1920; brother of Carl Van Doren. He taught English at Columbia (1920–59), where he was a renowned and dedicated teacher.
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. 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).

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Van Doren, Carl (Clinton)

(1885–1950) writer, critic; born in Hope, Ill. (brother of Mark Van Doren). He studied at the University of Illinois (B.A. 1907), and Columbia University (Ph.D. 1911). He taught at the University of Illinois (1907–08), and Columbia (1911–30), and was headmaster of the Brearley School (New York City) (1916–19). Editor of the Nation (1919–22), Century (1922–25), and the Library Guild (1926–34), he wrote for many prestigious periodicals and reference works. He wrote poetry when young, but is best known for his translations, literary criticism, and distinguished biographies, such as Swift (1930), and Benjamin Franklin (1938), a winner of a Pulitzer Prize. He lived in New York City.
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Van Doren, Carl, Secret History of the American Revolution, New York, 1941.