Carl Clinton Van Doren
|Carl Clinton Van Doren|
Van Doren as the commencement speaker for the University of Kentucky in 1929
|Born||Carl Clinton Van Doren
September 10, 1885
July 18, 1950 (aged 64)
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A.), Columbia University (Ph. D)|
Carl Clinton Van Doren (September 10, 1885 – July 18, 1950) was a U.S. critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. He was the brother of critic and teacher Mark Van Doren and the uncle of Charles Van Doren.
Life and career
He was born in Hope, Vermilion County, Illinois on September 10, 1885 to a country doctor and was raised on the family farm. He earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1907 and a doctorate from Columbia University in 1911 and continued to teach there until 1930. He was a world federalist and once said, "It is obvious that no difficulty in the way of world government can match the danger of a world without it". In 1939, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Benjamin Franklin.
Van Doren's study The American Novel, published in 1921, is generally credited with helping to re-establish Herman Melville's critical status as first-rate literary master. He was book section editor for The Nation from 1920 to 1922.
Van Doren worked closely with Howard Henry Peckham on his Pulitzer Prize winning Secret History of the American Revolution (1941), editing documents from the Clinton Papers that first revealed Benedict Arnold's treason.
A residence hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is named after Carl Clinton Van Doren.
- Van Doren, Carl (1948). "Preface". The great rehearsal: the story of the making and ratifying of the Constitution of the United States. Viking.
- Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography Official Listings.
- Chapter 3, The American Novel
- vanden Heuvel, Katrina, ed. (1990). The Nation: 1865-1990. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 70. ISBN 1560250011.
- University of Michigan Faculty History Project
- Carl Van Doren dies in Connecticut
- The American Novel (1921 & 1940 expanded)
- The Secret History of the American Revolution (1941)
- Mutiny in January. The Story of a Crisis in the Continental Army now for the first time fully told from many hitherto unknown or neglected sources both American and British." New York: The Viking Press, 1943.
- Why I Am an Unbeliever (1926)
- American and British Literature Since 1890 (1925), co-written with Mark Van Doren
- Benjamin Franklin (1938), winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography ISBN 978-0517625323
- Jane Mecom: the Favorite Sister of Benjamin Franklin (1950) ISBN 978-0670405633
- The Great Rehearsal (1948) ISBN 978-0809436194
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