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Mark van Doren

Dick and Tom, Tales of Two Ponies

The Macmillan Company, New York, 1931, 68 pp, illus George M Richards
Pictorial endpapers, Margaret van Doren


Charlie’s father had ponies when he was little: red Dick and black Tom, and he tells his
son stories about what he and his brother got up to.

Mark Van Doren (1894 - 1972) was a “legendary classroom presence”; a poet, teacher and Pulitzer Prize Winner for his Collected Poems. Columbia College today honours great teachers with the Mark van Doren Award.


Dick and Tom, Tales of Two Ponies was written early in his career, and on publication was inscribed by him “To Mother and Dad, who will know how untrue these stories are.”


Finding the book: scarce and expensive; it was not published in the UK.


Links and sources

Mark van Doren, Wikipedia

Mark van Doren at Columbia

Some of Mark van Doren’s sonnets

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

Bibliography - horse books only