He served as a Lieutenant in the 28th (Keystone) Division, United States Army during World War I, and fought in the Aisne-Marne offensive, July–August 1918. He wrote Toward the Flame (1926), a nonfictional account of his experiences in the war.
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. He later was a professor at Vassar University, where he met his wife, Ann "Annette" Andrews. They had three children, Marcia, Mary Ann and Richard.
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.
Allen is best known for his historical novel, 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.
- Ballads of the Border. El Paso, TX: privately published, 1916.
- Wampum and Old Gold. New York: Yale University Press, 1921; London: Humphrey Milford / Oxford University Press, 1921.
- The Bride of Huitzil: An Aztec legend. New York: James F. Drake, 1922.
- Carolina Chansons: Legends of the low country (with DuBose Heyward). New York: [[Macmillan Publishers (United States)|Macmillan, 1922.
- Earth Moods, and other poems. New York & London: Harper, 1925.
- Songs for Annette. New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1929.
- New Legends: Poems. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1933.
- Sarah Simon: Character Atlantean (long poem). Garden City, NY: Doubleday Doran, 1929.
- Anthony Adverse. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1933. Volume I, Volume II, Volume III
- The Forest and the Fort. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1943.
- Bedford Village. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1944.
- Toward the Morning. New York & Toronto: Rinehart, 1948; London: Heinemann, 1949.
- The City in the Dawn. New York & Toronto: Rinehart, 1950
- It Was Like This: Two stories of the great war (illustrated by Lyle Justis). New York & Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940.
- 'Toward the Flame: A war diary (illustrated by Lyle Justis). New York: Doran, 1926; Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1968; Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2003.
- Israfel: The life and times of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Doran, 1926; London: Brentano's, 1926; New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1934.
- DuBose Heyward: A critical and biographical sketch. New York: Doran, 1927.
- Action at Aquila. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1938.
- Hervey Allen Papers (Hervey Allen Papers, 1831-1965, SC.1952.01, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh)
- ↑ Nelson, Randy F. The Almanac of American Letters. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 49. Print.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 William Hervey Allen Jr., Arlington National Cemetery Website. Web, Sep. 20, 2014.
- ↑ Douglas, Marjory Stoneman. Marjory Stoneman Douglas; Voice of the River. Englewood, FL: Pineapple Press, 1987. p. 190.
- ↑ Hervey Allen 1889-1949, Poetry Foundation. Web, Sep. 20, 2014.
- ↑ Search results = au:Hervey Allen, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 20, 2014.
- Hervey Allen in Poetry: A magazine of verse, 1912-1922: "Shadows," "Sunshine," "Macabre in Macaws," "Hag-Hollerin' Time," "Upstairs, Downstairs," "Palmetto Town"
- Hervey Allen (1889-1949) at the Poetry Foundation
- William Hervey Allen Jr. at AllPoetry (22 poems)
- Works by Hervey Allen at Project Gutenberg
- Works by Hervey Allen at Project Gutenberg Australia
- Hervey Allen at Amazon.com
- Hervey Allen in the Encyclopædia Britannica
- Hervey Allen at Pennsylvania Center for the Book
- William Hervey Allen Jr. at Arlington National Cemetery
- Hervey Allen Jr. at Find a Grave
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