Allen, Herveyin full William Hervey Allen, Jr.(b. Dec. 8, 1889, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.--d. Dec. 28, 1949, Coconut Grove, Fla.)
American poet, biographer, and novelist who had a great impact on popular literature with his historical novel Adverse, Anthony.
Allen's first published work was a book of poetry, Ballads of the Border (1916). During the 1920s he established a reputation as a poet, publishing several more volumes of verse. He had been wounded in World War I, and his novel Toward the Flame (1926) came out of his wartime experience. That same year his authoritative biography Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe was published.
In 1933, after five years of work, Allen published Anthony Adverse, which was a huge success. The book's considerable length and its undisguised passages about sex introduced a new standard for popular fiction. Allen's later novels were less successful.