Art: Cultural Corridor

In his Story of Mankind (1921), Story of the Bible (1923), Van Loon's Geography (1932), Ships (1935) and other books, Hendrik Willem Van Loon has avoided the full light of adult criticism by seeming to write not quite for adults, has thus been able to remain one of the great inestimables of the literary world. Critics who resent being spoon-fed from the vast Van Loon pudding are easily convinced by the Van Loon illustrations that his books belong in the nursery. Some children feel vaguely dissatisfied with Artist Van Loon's inky snarls and scratches....

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