Other literary forms
In addition to poetry, Mark Van Doren also wrote drama, fiction, and various nonfiction works. Two of his plays, The Last Days of Lincoln (1959) and Never, Never Ask His Name (pr. 1965), were produced in 1961 and 1965, respectively. The latter was published in Three Plays (1966), together with two unproduced plays, A Little Night Music and The Weekend That Was. His works of fiction include the novels The Transients (1935), Windless Cabins (1940), Tilda (1943), and Home with Hazel (1957), as well as several books of short stories that were eventually published in three volumes as Collected Stories (1962-1968). Van Doren also wrote three books of children’s fiction.
Van Doren’s nonfiction works include The Autobiography of Mark Van Doren (1958) and critical and biographical works on various authors. He also did a great deal of editorial work, including anthologies and critical editions of works of fiction and nonfiction. The authors with whom he dealt critically include John Dryden, Henry David Thoreau, William Shakespeare, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.