Van Doren, the family name of two United States authors and teachers.
Carl (Clinton) Van Doren
(1885-1950) turned from literary criticism to studies in American history. His Benjamin Franklin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1939. Van Doren was born in Hope, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1907 and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1911. Van Doren taught English at Columbia from 1911 until 1930. He was literary editor of The Nation (1919-22) and Century (1922-25). Three Worlds (1936) is his autobiography.
Other books include: The American Novel (1921; 1940); James Branch Cabell (1925); Sinclair Lewis (1933); Secret History of the American Revolution (1942); The Great Rehearsal (1948).
Mark (Albert) Van Doren
(1894-1972), Carl's brother, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for his Collected Poems. He also wrote literary criticism, fiction, books on education, and plays, and edited several anthologies. Van Doren was born in Hope, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1914 and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1920. He taught English at Columbia (1920-59), where he became a professor in 1942. He was literary editor (1924-28) and film critic (1935-38) of The Nation.
His many other books include: Poetry— Spring Thunder (1924); A Winter Diary (1935); Collected and New Poems (1963); That Shining Place (1969). Criticism— Shakespeare (1939); Introduction to Poetry (1951); The Happy Critic (1961). His Collected Stories were published in three editions (1962; 1965; 1968). The Autobiography of Mark Van Doren was published in 1958.