Henry Van Dyke (Nov 10, 1852 - Apr 10, 1933) was an American author, educator, and clergyman. Educated at Princeton, Van Dyke graduated from its theological seminary in 1877 and became a Presbyterian minister. A Handful Of Clay is a short story by Henry Van Dyke. It follows, strange as it may seem, a handful of Clay. But it was nothing like common, ordinary clay. That little handful from the riverbank was capable of dreaming and reflecting. It was completely aware of its value, and always wandered, where would it find its place. One day the river’s mighty flow washed the little Handful away, taking it on a momentous journey through this big world. And who knows what shape will the clay take once it is over.