Van Wyck Brooks

Painting of Van Wyck Brooks
Portrait of Van Wyck Brooks

Van Wyck Brooks (February 16, 1886 – May 2, 1963) was an American literary critic, biographer and historian. He is most well-known for his “Finders and Makers” series, which details American literary history from 1800 to 1915.1

Works

  • Verses by Two Undergraduates (with John Hall Wheelock) (1905)
  • The Wine of the Puritans: A Study of Present-Day America (1908)
  • The Malady of the Ideal: Senancour, Maurice de Guérin, and Amiel (1913)
  • John Addington Symonds: A Biographical Study (1914)
  • The World of H.G. Wells (1915)
  • America’s Coming of Age (1915)
  • The Ordeal of Mark Twain (1920)
  • The Pilgrimage of Henry James (1925)
  • Henry Thoreau, Bachelor of Nature (by Leon Bazalgette, translated by Van Wyck Brooks) (1925)
  • The Life of Emerson (1932)
  • Three Essays on America (1934)
  • The Flowering of New England, 1815-1865 (Makers and Finders) (1936)
  • New England: Indian Summer, 1865-1915 (Makers and Finders) (1940)
  • Opinions of Oliver Allston (1941)
  • On Literature Today (1941)
  • The World of Washington Irving (Makers and Finders) (1944)
  • The Times of Melville and Whitman (Makers and Finders) (1947)
  • A Chilmark Miscellany (1948)
  • The Confident Years: 1885-1915 (Makers and Finders) (1952)
  • Makers and Finders: A History of the Writer in America, 1800-1915 (1952)
  • The Writer in America (1953)
  • Scenes and Portraits: Memoirs of Childhood and Youth (1954)
  • John Sloan: A Painter’s Life (1955)
  • Helen Keller: Sketch for a Portrait (1956)
  • Days of the Phoenix: The Nineteen-Twenties I Remember (1957)
  • The Dream of Arcadia: American Writers and Artists in Italy, 1760-1915 (1958)
  • From a Writer’s Notebook (1958)
  • Howells: His Life and World (1959)
  • From the Shadow of the Mountain: My Post-Meridian Years (1961)
  • Fenollosa and His Circle: With Other Essays in Biography (1962)
  • An Autobiography (1965)

See also

External Links

References

1. “Van Wyck Brooks.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed February 28, 2021.

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