282 Farmers Row Groton, Massachusetts 01450 United States
Groton School that Frederick Allen attended.
Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
Frederick Allen graduated from Harvard University in 1912 and received his Master's in 1913.
(Written in 1931, this new installment in the Wiley Invest...)
Written in 1931, this new installment in the Wiley Investment Classics series offers a well-written historical and anecdotal account of the volatile stock market of the 1920s. It traces the rise of post World War I prosperity up to the crash of 1929 before a colorful backdrop that includes Al Capone, Prohibition, the first radio, and the rise and fall of the skirt length.
(Opening on September 3, 1929, in the days before the stoc...)
Opening on September 3, 1929, in the days before the stock market crash, this information-packed volume takes us through one of America’s darkest times all the way to the light at the end of the tunnel.
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The New York Times–bestselling history of the first half of the twentieth century—five decades that transformed America—from the author of Only Yesterday.
Allen studied at Groton school and later at Harvard for a Master of Arts degree which he received in 1913. At that time he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club, where he was known for his silly spoofs of high society.
Allen began to publish his work in journals when he was at Harvard. He was swept up into the magazine world, first as an assistant editor at the Atlantic Monthly. There, he learned the magazine trade. He continued to publish his own work, including both humor pieces and earnest essays discussing the day’s events. Allen became managing editor of The Century in 1916.
Allen took two posts in public relations. The first of these was at the Boston’s Writers’ Committee for Patriotic Service, where Allen did his part for the war effort; the second was at the Council of National Defense’s section on cooperation with States. After the war, Allen continued in public relations work for a short time, managing the public image of Harvard University. By 1923, Allen was back in publishing as an editorial assistant at Harper and Brothers. There, under Thomas B. Wells, Allen helped to edit both fiction and nonfiction, while he continued to publish his own pieces in magazines like Life and the Independent.
Allen never stopped his own writing career, however. Through the 1930s and 1940s, he published works of social history, like Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen-Twenties (1931), Since Yesterday: The 1930s in America (1940), and American Magazines, 1741-1941 (1941). With his second wife, Agnes Rogers, he also composed three photographic histories of American life. In 1941 Allen became editor-in-chief, a position he held until his death. In 1950, Allen was one of five narrators for the RKO Radio Pictures documentary film, The Golden Twenties, produced by Time, Inc. He died in 1954, following a cerebral hemorrhage.
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Allen argued that teachers should teach useful things rather than researching tiny specialties in the hopes of becoming midget authorities. In “These Disillusioned Highbrows,” Allen expressed outrage at those authors who scorn the “common man.”
Allen attempted to build an American culture free of class boundaries
Quotes from others about the person
[Allen] was known as a fiction editor who could make corrections and changes without irritating even the most celebrated writers, and his rejection letters were couched in the most gentle, polite wording.
He . . . favored a wider range of topics, greater flexibility as lo the length of articles— then standardized at roughly five-thousand words-—and verse, the inclusion of first-person narratives, payment in excess of the usual $250 per article for favored contributors, a new cover design, and more writing time for himself and assistant editor George Leighton.
Frederick Allen married Dorothy Penrose Cobb. She bore him a daughter and a son. After the death of the Dorothy Cobb he married Agnes Rogers Hyde.