Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976

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Harry Allen Smith was born December 19, 1907, in McLeansboro, Illinois, and in 1929 he began work with the United Press as a rewrite man. He was soon doing feature stories, and became well known for his unconventional interviews with celebrities and assorted personalities. He stayed five years with the United Press and then worked five years with the New York World-Telegram, doing much the same thing. His book "Lo, The Former Egyptian" gave a humor-based account of his return to the region in the 1940's. Smith's first publication was a commissioned biography of industrialist Robert Gair in 1939. Soon after that he wrote a spoof of Hitler entitled Mr. Klein's Kampf. His next attempt was Low Man on the Totem Pole, culled from his experience and interviews as a columnist and newspaper. This book, published in 1941, became a best seller and established Smith's fame as a humorist. Throughout the 50's and 60's, Smith published about a book a year, plus hundreds of articles for such magazines as Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, and Esquire. He wrote numerous articles and books based on his travels to London, Mexico, Hawaii, Tahiti, and throughout the U.S. In 1946, Smith published his first novel, Rhubarb, which subsequently became a movie, and inspired him to eventually write two sequel novels. The third Rhubarb novel, The View from Chivo, was published in 1971. Around this time, Smith began collecting material for a biography of Gene Fowler, a man he had loved and respected all his life. This book, The Life and Legend of Gene Fowler, was published posthumously in Spring 1977. Smith died in February of 1976 while in San Francisco gathering material for articles and books.

From the description of Charles C. Feirich collection of H. Allen Smith, 1942-1976. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 318990741

From the description of Harry Allen Smith photograph collection, 1925-1976. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 320365619

Harry A. Smith was a Miami University master of arts candidate in history.

From the description of The Distribution and organization of the British army in America from 1763 to 1774/ by Harry A. Smith. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122633127

Harry Allen Smith was born December 19, 1907, in McLeansboro, Illinois, and in 1929 he began work with the United Press as a rewrite man. His career evolved into that of a true working writer. Smith's first publication was a commissioned biography of industrialist Robert Gair in 1939, later he wrote a spoof of Hitler entitled Mr. Klein's Kampf. Low Man on the Totem Pole, culled from his experience and interviews as a columnist and newspaper, became a best-seller. Throughout the 50's and 60's, Smith published about a book a year, plus hundreds of articles for such magazines as Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, and Esquire. In 1946, Smith published his first novel, Rhubarb, which subsequently became a movie, and inspired him to eventually write two sequel novels. The third Rhubarb novel, The View from Chivo, was published in 1971. Around this time, Smith began collecting material for a biography of Gene Fowler, a man he had loved and respected all his life. This book, The Life and Legend of Gene Fowler, was published posthumously in Spring 1977. Smith died in February of 1976 while in San Francisco gathering material for articles and books.

From the description of Harry Allen Smith papers, 1930-1976. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 301577280

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referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
referencedIn Esquire, Inc. Records, 1933-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Atkinson, Brooks, 1894-1984,. Saturday review book review letters received, 1958-1967 (bulk 1960-1962). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Peirson M. Hall papaers, 1908-1979 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
referencedIn Miles, Elton, 1917-. Elton Miles collection, 1922-1984. Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University Library
creatorOf Bryan, J. (Joseph), 1904-. J. Bryan papers, 1935-1985. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. Correspondence, 1967-1970 / H. Allen Smith. Franklin College, Hamilton Library
creatorOf Pickering, William H., 1910-2004. William H. Pickering Office File Collection, 1955-1976. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives
referencedIn United States Military Academy. Class of 1890 photograph album, 1886-1893. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Larry L. King Papers Collection 006., 1929-ongoing (Bulk: 1957-1993) Southwestern Writers Collection, Special Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos
creatorOf Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. Harry Allen Smith photograph collection, 1925-1976. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. H. Allen Smith collection, 1933-1976. Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University Library
creatorOf Smith, Harry A. The Distribution and organization of the British army in America from 1763 to 1774/ by Harry A. Smith. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Fowler, Will, 1922-. Papers, 1864-1990. California State University, Northridge
referencedIn Cookery -- Chili. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Swanberg, W. A., 1907-. W. A. Swanberg Papers, ca.1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. Harry Allen Smith papers, 1930-1976. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. Charles C. Feirich collection of H. Allen Smith, 1942-1976. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961, Papers, 1822, 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
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correspondedWith Allen, Fred, 1894-1956 person
correspondedWith Austin, Gene, 1900-1972 person
correspondedWith Beck, Fred, 1886-1962 person
correspondedWith Bellerson, Ed person
correspondedWith Blair, Rufus person
associatedWith Bracker, Jonathon, 1936- person
associatedWith Branigin, Roger Douglas, 1902-1975. person
associatedWith Bryan, J. (Joseph), 1904- person
correspondedWith Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977 person
associatedWith Cronkite, Walter person
associatedWith Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977 person
associatedWith Durante, Jimmy, 1893-1980 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
associatedWith Esquire, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Farmer, James. person
correspondedWith Feirich, Charles C. person
correspondedWith Fowler, Gene, 1890-1960 person
associatedWith Fowler, Will, 1922- person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Godfrey, Arthur, 1903-1983 person
associatedWith Great Britain Army corporateBody
associatedWith Hall, Peirson M. (Peirson Mitchell), 1894-1979 person
associatedWith Jolson, Al, d. 1950 person
associatedWith King, Larry L. person
correspondedWith Matson, Harold, 1898-1988 person
correspondedWith McAnney, Bo person
associatedWith Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956. person
associatedWith Miles, Elton, 1917- person
associatedWith Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 person
associatedWith Murrow, Edward R. person
associatedWith Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994 person
associatedWith Pickering, William H., 1910-2004. person
associatedWith Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961 person
correspondedWith Reed, Alma M. person
associatedWith Reiner, Carl, 1922- person
associatedWith Southern Illinois University at Carbondale corporateBody
associatedWith Swanberg, W. A., 1907- person
associatedWith United States Military Academy. corporateBody
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Carbondale (Ill.)
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