Van Doren, Carl
- Robert L. Gale
Van Doren, Carl (10 September 1885–18 July 1950), author and educator, was born Carl Clinton Van Doren in Hope, Illinois, the son of Charles Lucius Van Doren, a country physician, and Dora Anne Butz. His boyhood was spent in a farming community until the family moved to Urbana, Illinois, in 1900. He played football in high school there and was president of his class. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana, edited the students’ literary monthly magazine, and was class poet. Van Doren received the B.A. in 1907 and taught rhetoric the following academic year at Illinois. In 1908 he enrolled for graduate studies in Columbia University, did research abroad in 1910, and received his Ph.D. in 1911. That same year, he published his dissertation, a biography of Thomas Love Peacock, and began to teach at Columbia. In 1912 he married Irita Bradford ( ...