Bachelor, Southern Methodist University, 1937. Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Southern Methodist University, 1937. Master of Arts, Southern Methodist University, 1940.
Assistant book editor, Dallas Morning News, 1937-1942, 48-58; book editor, Dallas Morning News, 1958-1981; assistant director, Southern Methodist U. Press, 1939-1942; director, Southern Methodist U. Press, 1946-1982; managing editor, Southwest Review, 1939-1942; editor, Southwest Review, 1946-1963; adjunct Professor of English,, Southern Methodist U., 1973-1982. Vice president Association American University Presses, 1955.
(The Sunny Slopes of Long Ago)
Member advisory fine arts committee Dallas Chamber of C., chairman, 1948-1950. Member Executive Committee Jon. E. Owens Memorial Foundation, since 1954, chairman, 1955-1957.
Served from ensign to lieutenant commander Supply Corps, United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member Texas Institute Letters (past vice president, councilor), Texas Folklore Society (past associate editor, past treasurer), Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Sigma.
Married Emma Vee Dunlap, August 31, 1940. Children: Otis Allen III, Mary Susanna, Rebecca Agnes.