Publication Date: August 2005
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David Lehman is the author of The Daily Mirror and the editor of The Best American Poetry series.
Star Black is the author of four collections of poems, and is a professional photographer.
They both live in New York City.
"Van Doren’s Shakespeare got me through Harry Levin’s [Harvard] course back in 1951. Whenever I read a Shax play I reread what Van Doren said about it." — John Updike
"Professor Van Doren enlightens us, not because he has any special knowledge or private advantages, but because his love of Shakespeare has been greater than our own." — W.H. Auden
"If during my stay at Columbia I had met only Mark Van Doren and his work, it would have been worth the trouble." — Delmore Schwartz
"It was the force of his example that made me a poet." — John Berryman