HENDRIK WILLEM VAN LOON AUTOGRAPHED LETTER


Hendrik Willem van Loon was born January 14, 1882 – died March 11, 1944.  Hendrik was a Dutch-American historian and journalist. Born in Rotterdam, he went to the United States in 1903 to study at Cornell University. He was a correspondent during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and in Belgium in 1914 at the start of World War I. He later became a professor of history at Cornell University (1915-17) and in 1919 became an American citizen. From the 1910s until his death, Van Loon wrote many books. Most widely known among these is The Story of Mankind, a history of the world especially for children, which won the first Newbery Medal in 1922. The book was later updated by Van Loon and has continued to be updated, first by his son and later by other historians. However, he also wrote many other very popular books aimed at young adults. As a writer he was known for emphasizing crucial historical events and giving a complete picture of individual characters, as well as the role of the arts in history. He also had an informal style which, particularly in The Story of Mankind, included personal anecdotes. Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest “I still stick to the Dutch pronunciation of the double o—Loon like loan in ‘Loan and Trust Co.’ My sons will probably accept the American pronunciation. It really does not matter very much.” Original Hendrik Willem Van Loon Autographed Letter, approx. size 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Hendrik Willem Van Loon and made a small sketch in the center of the letter. Regular Price – $ 265.00 / Sale Price – $ 98.95.

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