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Henry Van Dyke Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 9 pages of information about the life of Henry Van Dyke.
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Dictionary of Literary Biography on Henry Van Dyke

From the opening pages of his first novel, Henry Van Dyke has shown that he is a masterful novelist, an "original" artist with his own voice, his own style, his "language couched in wit and eloquence." One critic has stated that Van Dyke "has refined the genius inherent" in his earlier novels. He demands of himself that he "write well with clarity while conveying complex ideas and maintaining a colloquial feel." For some readers he might not be militant enough, but Van Dyke does not believe that a novel should be a tract, a sermon in disguise. He has a remarkable ear for dialogue, the apt phrase--whether the speaker is erudite, a snob and social climber, a con-artist, an English lord, or a ghetto black. In his three novels he has produced memorable characters, both blacks and whites, some formally educated and others street-wise; in well-constructed scenes...

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This section contains 2,541 words
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Purchase our Henry Van Dyke Biography
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