Mark Van Doren (June 13, 1894 – December 10, 1972) was an American poet, writer and a critic. Amongst his notable works, many published in The Kenyon Review, include a collaboration with brother Carl Van Doren, American and British Literature since 1890 (1939), the play The Last Days of Lincoln; critical studies, The Poetry of John Dryden (1920), Shakespeare (1939), The Noble Voice (1945) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1949), collections of poems like three book-length narrative poems: Jonathan Gentry (1931), stories, and the verse play The Last Days of Lincoln (1959).
Born in Hope, Illinois, Van Doren earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1914 and a Ph.D. from what became the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University in 1920. He joined the Columbia University faculty in 1920, became a full professor in 1942, and taught English until 1959, at which point he became Professor Emeritus until his death in 1972. He remained literary editor of The Nation, in New York City (1924–28), and its film critic, 1935 to 1938.
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