Van Loon pp 139-159 | Cite as

The Educator (1931–1935)

  • Cornelis A. van Minnen
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Upon arrival in new york in july 1931, van Loon found solace in his work. The New York Herald Tribune quoted him saying that “something in the atmosphere abroad …prevents Americans from working on subjects which they hope will interest American readers. He found that most American writers in Europe become victims of lassitude and instead of working they ‘just sit.’” And he wrote his mentor, George Burr, that he was back in New York toiling on another big project, his geography book: “Nothing remains of any real value except work. It may be a drug but it is such a pleasant drug…a drug and a companion at the same time and what else or what better arrangement has the good Lord ever offered to any of us?”1


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