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Brooks, Van Wyck

Born: 1886 AD
Died: 1963 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Biographers, Critics


US critic, essayist, and historian


wrote "America's Coming-of-Age" 1915, "The Ordeal of Mark Twain" 1920, "The Flowering of New England" 1936 (Pulitzer Prize for history 1937)


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  • "The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses."
  • "The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man."
  • "As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day."
  • "Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means."
  • "The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible."