Carl Van Doren

Carl Van Doren (1885–1950) was an influential American literary critic and biographer. He was part of the Van Doren family, which was notable in the world of letters in the United States. Carl Van Doren won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his book 'Benjamin Franklin.' His work includes critical writings on American literature and significant contributions to the understanding of American cultural history.


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  1. 1. Benjamin Franklin

    This biography provides a comprehensive look at the life of Benjamin Franklin, a prominent figure in American history. The book delves into Franklin's diverse roles as a writer, scientist, inventor, diplomat, and statesman, providing a detailed account of his significant contributions, from his experiments with electricity to his role in drafting the U.S. Constitution. It offers a balanced portrayal of Franklin, highlighting not only his accomplishments but also his flaws and contradictions.