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Charles Lincoln Van Doren (February 12, 1926 – April 9, 2019) was an American academic, writer, and editor who was involved in a television quiz show scandal in the 1950s. In 1959 he testified before the United States Congress that he had been given the correct answers by the producers of the show Twenty-One. Terminated by NBC, he joined the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1959, becoming a vice president and writing and editing many books before retiring in 1982.
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Charles Lincoln Van Doren
February 12, 1926
New York City, U.S.
|Died||April 9, 2019 (aged 93)
|Alma mater||St. John’s College
|Known for||1950s quiz show scandals|
|Parent(s)||Mark Van Doren
Dorothy Van Doren
Charles Van Doren Biography
Charles Van Doren was the elder son of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, critic and teacher Mark Van Doren and novelist and writer Dorothy Van Doren, and a nephew of critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Carl Van Doren. An academic with an unusually broad range of interests, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York City. He earned a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts (1946) from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as an M.A. in astrophysics (1949) and a Ph.D. in English (1955), both at Columbia University. He was also a student at Cambridge University in Britain.
Charles Van Doren Later career and death cause
Van Doren was dropped by NBC and resigned from his post as an English instructor at Columbia University. He became an editor at Praeger Books and a pseudonymous (at first) writer, before becoming an editor of the Encyclopædia Britannica and the author of several books, of which his 1991 popular-market A History of Knowledge may be his best known. He also co-authored a well-received revision of How to Read a Book with its original author, philosopher Mortimer J. Adler, and co-edited with him a 1,771-page anthology titled Great Treasury of Western Thought (1977). He had already worked with Adler on an 18-volume collection of documents covering American history, entitled The Annals of America (1968), which was accompanied by a two-volume, 1,300-page “topical index” organized around 25 themes and entitled Great Issues in American Life: A Conspectus.
In 2005, Van Doren joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut, Torrington; the campus was closed in 2016. Van Doren spent the last years of his life with his wife, Gerry, in a “small, old house” (his words) on the land his parents bought in Cornwall, Connecticut, in the 1920s.
Van Doren died in a retirement community in Canaan, Connecticut, on April 9, 2019
Charles Van Doren “The Quiz Show Scandal”
“The Quiz Show Scandal” is a documentary that first aired on PBS January 6, 1992, as an episode of the fourth season of The American Experience. Produced by Julian Krainin and Michael R. Lawrence, the one-hour program explored the corruption of the 1950s quiz show scandals, particularly that involving Van Doren and Twenty-One. Van Doren spoke with the producers but eventually declined to participate in the program. “The Quiz Show Scandal” was one of the most popular episodes of the series.
The story of the quiz show scandal and Van Doren’s role in it is depicted in the film Quiz Show (1994), produced and directed by Robert Redford, in which Van Doren is portrayed by Ralph Fiennes. The film made $24 million by April 1995, and was nominated for Academy Awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The film earned several critiques questioning its use of dramatic license, its accuracy, and the motivation behind its making. The critics have included Joseph Stone, the New York prosecutor who began the investigations; and Jeffrey Hart, a Dartmouth College scholar, senior editor of National Review, and a longtime friend of Van Doren, who saw the film as falsely implying tension between Van Doren and his accomplished father.
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