Henry Van Dyke


Patty Miller

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In reference to Henry Van Dyke, I was curious, if
any one knew, if the Henry Van Dyke, that was
author of the poem "Heroes of the Titanic", (it
is in his book called "Grand Canyon and Other Poems..cc1914) is the same Henry Van Dyke, that
wrote the "Introduction" in Thomas Russell's book
"Sinking of the Titanic" and also wrote "Spiritual
Consolation to the Titanic Survivors" in the
"Sinking of the Titanic" by Marshall Logan?
Henry Van Dyke's biography lists him as Clergyman,
Educator and Author. He was a Pastor in Princeton
and Professor of English literature in Princeton.
At the bottom of both "Sinking of the Titanic"
books, it says Princeton, N.J. then the date.
Could anyone tell me if they know if this
is the same Henry Van Dyke, or at least what you
think? Thanks, Patty
 

Pat Cook

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Hi Patty,

I found the following on a couple of websites:

Henry van Dyke was pastor of The Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City in the late 1800's (he was a good friend of Mark Twain's). A Presbyterian Minister, Van Dyke is perhaps best known for The Story of the Other Wise Man and for the Hymn of Joy ("Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, ..."). He was also a prolific poet, and his work can be found in: Van Dyke, Henry. The Poems of Henry Van Dyke. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. He passed away in 1933, at the age of 81."

So we compare - the name and occupation are the same and also he's been published under this name. Best guess on my part is it's the same man.

Best regards,
Cook
 

Patty Miller

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Thanks Pat, my conclusion also, is that it is
probably the same man. Maybe when I get his
book, there will be something more definitive that
will confirm the facts. Appreciate the information you posted. Sincerely, Patty
 

Patty Miller

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Pat, an update here. I got the book today, by
Henry Van Dyke. The poem titled "Heroes of the
Titanic" is about honoring the men, who gave
up their lives and about the "women and children first" issue.It is a short poem, dated November 9, 1912.
Nothing else in the book, gives any information
about Van Dyke. I can only surmise it is the
same person, because in the "Sinking of the Titanic" books, that is his main focus, the discussion of women and children first and the bravery of the men , during the Titanic
disaster. Thanks for your response and opinion.
Sincerely, Patty
 

Pat Cook

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Hi Patty,

I know how you feel - you want to corroborate and be sure of your facts. If I find out anything on the Reverend, rest assured, you'll be the first to know.

Best regards,
Cook
 

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