Mark Van Doren

Mark Van Doren

by J.T. Ledbetter
     
 

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.  See more details below

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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' is a book of criticism and biography that Van Doren himself would have approved. It keeps the man, the thinker, and the writer before us whole, and we hear in Van Doren's voice the attitude of a poet who found his subjects everywhere, in the interdependence among people and the details, objects, and bright moments of their lives. Ledbetter proves an adept critic as he guides us through Van Doren's fiction, criticism, drama, and poetry and as he judiciously integrates comments and ideas from his own lively correspondence with Van Doren. In Van Doren, we hear the voice of a craftsmen poet and an influential teacher who maintained his conviction that literature should and ought to be accessible and understandable to a wide audience. The book concentrates on the poetry, and Ledbetter is at his best in his careful readings of particular poems. In those readings, Ledbetter shows Van Doren at 'his' best, bringing us lyric moments of 'glad grace'.» (Gordon Cheesewright, Professor of English, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO)
«This book is a comprehensive, systematic interpretation of Mark Van Doren's writings. Dr. Ledbetter draws on his personal friendship with Van Doren and on a wide range of standard critical sources to illuminate each of Van Doren's works, presenting the central insights a reader needs for Van Doren's writing without use of a specialized interpretation method or vocabulary. The result is a book using scholarship to provide helpful background for the average reader.» (Georg Haich, Associate Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University, GA)
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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820433349
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 24: American Literature, #67
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
175

Meet the Author

The Author: J.T. Ledbetter is Professor of English at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska. In addition to numerous poems and critical articles in professional journals, he has written Gethsemani Poems, Plum Creek Odyssey, and Voyages.

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