Monday, October 18, 2021

New Book! The Desert by John C. Van Dyke

John Charles Van Dyke (1856–1932) was an American art historian, critic, and nature writer. He was born at New Brunswick, New Jersey, studied at Columbia, and for many years in Europe.

In 1878, Van Dyke was appointed the librarian of the Gardner Sage Library at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and in 1891 as a professor of art history at Rutgers College. He was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1908.

When visiting the western deserts, Van Dyke brought his years of Art experience with him when composing this book, The Desert. The result is the visual language of light, air, and color which gives his writing a vivid poetic imagery loved by generations of readers.

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