Born June 13, 1894, Mark Van Doren was the son of a doctor and grew up in Illinois. He was a poet, novelist, and critic, and worked at The Nation from 1924–1928 and from 1935–1938. In 1940, Van Doren’s Collected Poems 1922–1938 won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He published numerous other notable books of poetry and nonfiction, including The Last Days of Lincoln (New York: Hill & Wang, 1959), Selected Poems (Holt, 1954), Nathaniel Hawthorne (W. Sloane Associates, 1949), The Noble Voice (Holt, 1945), Shakespeare (Holt, 1939), American and British Literature since 1890 (Appleton-Century,1939), Jonathan Gentry (A. & C. Boni, 1931), Spring Thunder (Thomas Seltzer, 1924), The Poetry of John Dryden (Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920). He was a member of the Society for the Prevention of World War III and a celebrated teacher at Columbia. Van Doren died in Torrington, Connecticut, on December 10, 1972.