Mark Van Doren

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Mark Van Doren, contemporary of Frost, Sandburg, and Robinson, and author of novels, short fiction, plays, and criticism, has long been considered one of America's finest thinkers and writers. This study of his literary life examines the major themes found in his work, focusing particularly on his poetry, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.
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Mark Van Doren, contemporary of Frost, Sandburg, and Robinson, and author of novels, short fiction, plays, and criticism, has long been considered one of America's finest thinkers and writers. This study of his literary life examines the major themes found in his work, focusing particularly on his poetry, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.
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A critical biography of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Van Doren examining the major themes found in his considerable output of fiction, criticism, drama, and, of course, poetry. Ledbetter (English, California Lutheran U.) was mentored by Van Doren and the personal reminisces both serve to humanize the writer and put him on a pedestal. The "critical" scholarship is somewhat flavored by the relationship but adequately surveys Van Doren's theories of poetry and fiction, critical attitude, and ideas about religion, nature, war, aging and death. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820433349
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/27/1999
  • Series: American University Studies Series, #24
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 175

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Background 12
2 Fiction: Philosophical and Action 14
3 Criticism 29
4 Drama 47
5 Narrative Poems 53
6 Mark Van Doren's Theory of Poetry 59
7 Survey of Criticism 62
8 Nature 67
9 Gods and Myths 85
10 Human Relationships 98
11 War Poems 128
12 Aging and Death 137
13 Conclusion 143
Notes 147
Selected Bibliography 166
Index 172
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