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Henry Allen (journalist)

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Henry Allen
Born1941 (age 82–83)
EducationHamilton College
Montgomery College
Occupation(s)Journalist, Critic, Artist, Poet
Years active1970-present
Notable creditThe Washington Post (1970–2009)
AwardsAmerican Academy of Poets prize[1]
Pulitzer Prize, 2000[1]

Henry Southworth Allen (born 1941 in Summit, New Jersey)[1] is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, journalist, poet, and artist.[2]



Allen obtained his degree in English and art at Hamilton College[1] and Montgomery College.[2]


Allen began his painting and drawing in the late 1960s.[3]

He was a stationed in Vietnam in the mid-1960s[4] as a U.S. Marine.[1]

Allen was a critic for The New York Review of Books[citation needed] and worked on staff for the New Haven Register.[4] As a staff writer for the Style section, he worked at The Washington Post for 39 years.[3] In 1975, he was awarded a NEH Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan.[5][1] He left The Washington Post in 2009 after an altercation with a fellow staffer (although he had already announced his resignation and was planning on leaving a few weeks later).[3][4]

Allen then began teaching courses in cultural analysis in the University of Maryland honors program.[1]

Allen had solo shows in June 2009 at Strathmore Hall and in August 2012 at the Chebeague Island Library.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Allen was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2000 for his writings in The Washington Post on photography.[1]


He appeared on the Colbert Report, February 2, 2010.


  • Fool's Mercy (Houghton Mifflin, 1984) ISBN 978-0395320396 — thriller novel
  • Going Too Far Enough: American Culture at Century's End (Smithsonian, 1994) ISBN 978-1560983675— collection of Washington Post columns
  • The Museum of Lost Air: Poems (Dryad Press, 1998)
  • What It Felt Like: Living in the American Century (Pantheon Books, October 2000) ISBN 978-0375420634
  • Where We Lived: Essays on Places (Mandel Vilar Press, 2017) ISBN 978-1942134442


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Criticism". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Henry Allen". Henry Allen Studio. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Taghizadeh, Tara (20 June 2012). "A Conversation With Henry Allen: Pulitzer Prize Winner, Artist, Renaissance Man". High Brown Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Wemple, Erik. "Allen v. Roig-Franzia: From the Beginning," Washington City Paper (November 2, 2009).
  5. ^ Press release. "$5 Million from Knight Foundation and $1 Million from Mike Wallace Launch New Era for Journalism Fellows at the University of Michigan Program Renamed The Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan," Archived 2013-09-22 at the Wayback Machine Knight Foundation website (Sep 28, 2002).

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