William Hervey Allen, Jr. (December 8, 1889 – December 28, 1949) was an American author.
Early life and education
Allen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1899 to William Hervey Allen and Helen Ebey Myers. He graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1909, attended the United States Naval Academy from 1910 to 1911, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1915, where he also became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He was a Midshipman with the United States Navy from 1909-1910.
Writing and academic career
His first book, Wampum and Old Gold, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize.
Allen is best known for his work Anthony Adverse. He also planned a series of novels about colonial America called The Disinherited. He completed three works in the series: The Forest and the Fort (1943), Bedford Village (1944), and Toward the Morning (1948). The novels tell the story of Salathiel Albine, a frontiersman kidnapped as a boy by Shawnee Indians in the 1750s. All three works were collected and published as the City in the Dawn. Allen also wrote Israfel (1926), a biography of American writer Edgar Allan Poe.
For a period of time, Allen taught at the Porter Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. He also taught English at Charleston High School which at that time, although public, was only for boys. (The girls went to Memminger.) There he met and befriended DuBose Heyward.
From 1926 to 1927, he was on the faculty at Vassar University.
In the 1940s, he co-edited the Rivers of America Series with Carl Carmer. Allen was a good friend of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and instigated her writing The Everglades: River of Grass. Allen was close friends with Robert Frost and Ogden Nash.
He married Ann Andrews on June 30, 1927. They had three children: Marcia, Mary Ann and Richard.
Death and legacy
- Wampum and old gold. Yale University Press. 1921.
- Toward the Flame, George H. Doran Company, 1926 reprint. University of Nebraska Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-8032-5947-8.
- Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe (1926) reissued 1934.
- Anthony Adverse (1933) ISBN 4-87187-890-2
- Action at Aquila, Farrar & Rinehart, (1938)
- The Forest and the Fort (1943)
- Bedford Village (1944)
- Toward the Morning (1948)
- The City in the Dawn (1950)
- Achmed Abdullah, Hervey Allen, ed. (2003). Lute and Scimitar. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7661-7626-3. (reprint)
- Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 8 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
- Nelson, Randy F. The Almanac of American Letters. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 49. ISBN 0-86576-008-X
- "William Hervey Allen, Jr., First Lieutenant, United States Army". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- Douglas, Marjory Stoneman. Marjory Stoneman Douglas; Voice of the River. Englewood, FL: Pineapple Press, 1987. p. 190.
- Hervey Allen Papers (Hervey Allen Papers, 1831–1965, SC.1952.01, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh)
- Biographical Sketch by Ryan Cannon
- The Rivers of America Series, A Descriptive Bibliography, Carol Fitzgerald, 2001
- Works by Hervey Allen at Project Gutenberg
- Works by Hervey Allen at Project Gutenberg Australia
- Works by or about Hervey Allen at Internet Archive
- Works by Hervey Allen at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)