Date Published: 1935 to 1967
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Van Doren, Mark was a 1940 Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, critic, and editor, was also a novelist, short story writer, playwright, scholar, and teacher (professor of English at Columbia University).
This collection contains 13 items dating form 1935 to 1967, specifically, 5 Typescripts signed, 1 Autographed signed note, 3 B&w photos, 2 books with 2 ALS and Ephemera and 2 Artifacts.
5 Typescripts signed:
• “Poetry as Ideas in Action”, signed ts. carbon with note, 1 p., written for the Great Books (Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.), given to Eugene L. Delafield, 18 May 1950.
• “The Princess Who Couldn't Say Yes”, signed ts. of short story, 11 pp., n.d. but circa 1953.
• “If Lizzie Tells”, signed ts. of short story, 13 pp., n.d.
• “The Imp of String”, signed ts. of short story, 10 pp., n.d. but prior to 1950.
• “Winter Tryst” poem, ts. signed, 1 p., n.d.
• Autograph note, dated 3/9/44, for Margaret McBride.
3 B&w photos:
• “Sharing the Spotlight”, Van Doren and his son, Charles Van Doren (noting the latter’s winning of $143,000 on TV’s “Twenty-One”), 11 March 1957;
• “Supreme Court Study”, Van Doren standing before a portrait of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 12 February 1963;
• Van Doren and Maurice Samuel, NBC Radio Network, 27 June 1967.
2 books with 2 ALS and ephemera:
• The Transients (New York: William Morrow & Company, 1935), Van Doren’s first novel, a tale of two creatures of a spiritual world who become mortal for 21 days. Orange cloth. Affixed to the rear pastedown is an envelope addressed in Van Doren’s hand to James P. Wood. The envelope contains: ALS to Wood from Van Doren, 18 January 1935, thanking Wood for his review of the book; book review ms. (2 pp.) in Wood’s hand.
• The Mayfield Deer (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1941), a narrative poem about a frontiersman whose pet deer had been killed and who threatened instant death to the deer’s killer. Green cloth in jacket. Inscribed on the half title by Van Doren to John A. Mayfield on 4 June 1942. Laid in is an envelope in Van Doren’s hand addressed to Mayfield but noting that the book was returned to Van Doren; and affixed to the rear free endpaper is an ALS to Mayfield, 18 March 1942, saying that Van Doren would be delighted to sign books and explaining the meaning of “sober sided”.
• 2 small printing plates of Van Doren.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.