Hervey Allen (1889-1949). Courtesy Arlington National Cemetery website.

William Hervey Allen (December 8, 1889 - December 28, 1949) was an American poet and novelist.


Allen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, graduating in 1915.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] Allen was close friends with Robert Frost and Ogden Nash.

Allen died at his home, "the Glades," in Coconut Grove, Florida,[2] aged 60, from a heart attack while in the shower, and was found by his wife Annette.


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.




  • 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

Short fictionEdit

  • 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.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

Anthony Adverse 1936 Official Trailer (Nominated Oscar Best Picture)

Anthony Adverse 1936 Official Trailer (Nominated Oscar Best Picture)

See alsoEdit


  • Hervey Allen Papers [1](Hervey Allen Papers, 1831-1965, SC.1952.01, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh)


  1. Nelson, Randy F. The Almanac of American Letters. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 49. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 William Hervey Allen Jr., Arlington National Cemetery Website. Web, Sep. 20, 2014.
  3. Douglas, Marjory Stoneman. Marjory Stoneman Douglas; Voice of the River. Englewood, FL: Pineapple Press, 1987. p. 190.
  4. Hervey Allen 1889-1949, Poetry Foundation. Web, Sep. 20, 2014.
  5. Search results = au:Hervey Allen, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 20, 2014.

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