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 Carl Clinton Van Doren - “The region west of the Mississippi continued in the popular mind to be a strange land for which the reports of explorers and travellers did the work of fiction, and Cooper's Prairie had few followers.”
 Carl Clinton Van Doren - “Familiar life, tending to sordidness, had been succeeded by remote life, generally idealized historical detail had been brought in to teach readers who were being entertained.”
 Carl Clinton 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 - “Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love affair which makes a part of the plot, is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit.”
 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 - “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 American fiction.”
 Carl Clinton Van Doren - “Although by 1851 tales of adventure had begun to seem antiquated, they had rendered a large service to the course of literature they had removed the stigma, for the most part, from the word novel.”
 Mark Van Doren - “Memory holds together past and present, gives continuity and dignity to human life... the companion... the tutor, the poet, the library, with which you travel.”
 Carl Van Doren - “The first writers are first and the rest, in the long run, nowhere but in anthologies.”
 Mark Van Doren - “The job of the poet is to render the world -- to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.”
 Carl Van Doren - “The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.”
 Carl Van Doren - “The most familiar quotations are the most likely to be misquoted . . . . Some have settled down to false versions that have obscured the true ones. They have passed over from literature into speech.”
 Carl Van Doren - “A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.”
 Mark Van Doren - “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
 Carl Van Doren - “Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to.”
 Mark Van Doren - “To be what no one ever was, to be what everyone has been Freedom is the mean of those extremes that fence all effort in.”
 Carl Van Doren - “A classic is a book that doesnt have to be written again.”
 Mark Van Doren - “Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.”
 Mark Van Doren - “Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor it is the sign that he wants all the truth.”
 Mark Van Doren - “Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king.”
 Carl Van Doren - “The most familiar quotations are the most likely to be misquoted.... Some have passed over from literature into speech.”
 Mark Van Doren - “I love the fall. I love it because of the smells that you speak of and also because things are dying, things that you don't have to take care of anymore, and the grass stops growing.”