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Finding-Aid for the James Lane Allen Papers (WTU00131)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: James Lane Allen Papers
Creator: Allen, James Lane,1849-1925, American author,
Call number: WTU00131
Language: English

Access and Use:
Source:

Unknown.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open to research.

Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff


Biography

James Lane Allen was born on a farm near Lexington, Kentucky on December 21, 1849. As a young boy, he lived the life of the Southern ante-bellum gentry, but by the time he was a teenager, the Civil War and Reconstruction had ushered in a new era for both himself and his family.

In 1894 his novel, A Kentucky Cardinal , was released, making him a commercial as well as a critical success. It was followed by the even more successful novel, The Choir Invisible , in 1897. The Reign of Law (1900) also was successful, but because it was one of the first American novels to deal opening with religious doubt and Darwinism, it angered many churchmen and alienated Allen from some of his readership. The Mettle of the Pasture (1903) was his last commercial success. In February 1925, James Lane Allen died. He was brought to Lexington, Kentucky, to be buried.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

The autograph letter signed is from Allen to a Mr. McGee, in which Allen discusses an editorial which dealt with one of his stories.

Contents List
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box-folder   -/Allen  
undated (1 item)   
Scope: The autograph letter signed is from Allen to a Mr. McGee, in which Allen discusses an editorial which dealt with one of his stories.