About Carl Clinton Van Doren:
Carl Clinton Van Doren 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.
Melville brought to the task a sound knowledge of actual whaling, much curious learning in the literature of the subject, and, above all, an imagination which worked with great power upon the facts of his own experience.Carl Clinton Van Doren
In fiction, too, after the death of Cooper the main tendency for nearly a generation was away from the conquest of new borders to the closer cultivation, east of the Mississippi, of ground already marked.Carl Clinton Van Doren
IT is mere coincidence that Cooper was born in the year which produced The Power of Sympathy and that when he died Uncle Tom's Cabin was passing through its serial stage, and yet the limits of his life mark almost exactly the first great period of Am...Carl Clinton Van Doren
The two most common charges against the older fiction, that it pleased wickedly and that it taught nothing, had broken down before the discovery, except in illiberal sects, that the novel is fitted both for honest use and for pleasure.Carl Clinton Van Doren