Henry van Dyke

VAN DYKE, Henry. b. Germantown, Pennsylvania, 10 November 1852; d. Princeton, New Jersey, 10 April 1933. The son of a Presbyterian minister, he was at school at Brooklyn, New York before studying at Princeton University (BA 1873, MA 1876). After a further period of study at Princeton Theological Seminary (1876-77) and in Berlin, he was ordained to the ministry, serving at a Congregational Church at Newport, Rhode Island (1878-82) and Brick Presbyterian Church, New York (1882-99). During this period he wrote The Poetry of Tennyson (1889), a study that was much admired by the poet himself; and in 1899 he was persuaded to cease being a full-time minister and become Murray Professor of English...

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