Mark Van Doren (June 13, 1894 – December 10, 1972) earned a PH. D at Columbia University and taught there for nearly forty years. His 1939 volume of Collected Poems won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939. He also wrote several novels and a play, “The Last Days of Lincoln,” (1959). He served on the staff of The Nation from 1924-1928 and again from 1935-1938.