Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925

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James Lane Allen was Kentucky's first important novelist. His success came early in his career but when he tried to broaden the themes of his work he lost the audience and critical acclaim which he had previously received.

From the description of James Lane Allen : miscellaneous papers, 1890-1924. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46708345

American novelist.

From the description of Letters, a newspaper clipping, and an envelope, 1894-1900. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367563195

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Miss Margaret Lee (d. 1914), 1900 Jan. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870206

James Lane Allen was an American author and critic. Born and raised in Kentucky, Allen began publishing criticism when various other plans proved unworkable. His approach to criticism was moral and logical, and he preferred romance fiction to realism. He achieved popular success with his own stories and novels of Kentucky, using these tales to promote his critical theories and beliefs. His fiction represented the contemporary trend for local color in fiction, although his popularity waned in the literary environment of the early 20th century.

From the description of James Lane Allen letters, 1920. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 58726258

James Lane Allen was a Kentucky novelist who achieved success in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with many novels and short stories describing the Bluegrass region and frontier life in the Commonwealth.

From the description of James Lane Allen papers 1881-1924. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 27920091

Allen was a popular Kentucky novelist and short-story writer. He wrote extensively concerning the Blue Grass region.

From the description of To John N. Hilliard 1896 January 14 letter. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49251808

Mrs. Rouland was the secretary of the Program Committee of the testimonial to William Winter.

From the description of Autograph letter signed from James Lane Allen to Minnie T. Rouland [manuscript], 1916 March 10. (Folger Shakespeare Library). WorldCat record id: 379795855

American author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Naples, to Dr. Baldwin, 1905 Nov. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270858493

Author.

From the description of Papers, 1889-1911. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19106142

From the description of Papers, 1889-1911. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 154270421

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James Lane Allen was born near Lexington, Kentucky, December 21, 1849. He was the seventh and youngest child of Richard Allen, a Kentuckian, and his wife, Helen Foster Allen, a native of Mississippi. Lane Allen, as he was known in Kentucky until he became a distinguished figure in letters, was interested in books and nature when a boy under his mother's tutelage. He attended Kentucky University, later known as Transylvania, graduating valedictorian in 1872 and an M.A. five years later.He was a teacher until 1884, when he became a writer. The first seven or eight years as a writer he divided between New York, Cincinnati, and Kentucky. After that time he resided in New York. He began writing short essays and poems for periodicals. He was later known for his short stories, sometimes collected, and his novels.

From the description of James Lane Allen papers, 1892-1923. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 12673108

James Lane Allen was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1849. He attended Transylvania Academy and graduated from Kentucky University (later Transylvania University) in 1872. During much of the 1870s and 1880s he had a varied career as an educator, serving as professor and schoolmaster at institutions in Missouri, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

In 1884 he quit teaching and began his career as a writer, moving first to Cincinnati, Ohio, and later to New York City. His short stories and serialized novels were published in various literary magazines, including the ATLANTIC and HARPER'S, and he received international recognition for his work on such novels as A KENTUCKY CARDINAL (1894) and THE CHOIR INVISIBLE (1897). The last years of his life were marked by a decline in his literary reputation and popularity, and he died in New York in relative obscurity.

From the description of Papers, 1916-1933. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 191915824

Biographical note: James Lane Allen was born near Lexington, Kentucky in 1849. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Kentucky University (now Transylvania University). He taught school for several years and established a school for boys in Lexington. He later abandoned teaching to devote all his time to writing.

Allen began his literary career by submitting essays to various periodicals, such as HARPER'S and the CENTURY MAGAZINE. His novels included A KENTUCKY CARDINAL, AFTERMATH, THE CHOIR INVISIBLE, THE HEROINE IN BRONZE, THE BRIDE OF THE MISTLETOE, and THE REIGN OF LAW. Allen lived in Kentucky and Cincinnati at the beginning of his career but later maintained his primary residence in New York City, where he died in 1925.

From the description of Papers, 1881-1924. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 191917515

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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925,. Autograph letter signed from James Lane Allen to Minnie T. Rouland [manuscript], 1916 March 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Letter [manuscript], 1897. University of Virginia. Library
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Autograph letter signed : Naples, to Dr. Baldwin, 1905 Nov. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Knight, Grant C. (Grant Cochran), 1893-1956. Grant C. Knight papers, 1924-1955. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn James Lane Allen collection, [189?̲-196?̲]. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Oration of "Peter's proposal" [manuscript], post 1891. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. To John N. Hilliard 1896 January 14 letter. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Letters, a newspaper clipping, and an envelope, 1894-1900. American Primers
referencedIn Rothert, Otto Arthur, 1871-1956. Otto Arthur Rothert : miscellaneous papers, 1910-1921. The Filson Historical Society
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referencedIn James Lane Allen Collection, 1921-1966 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Autographs. Dartmouth College Library
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Autograph [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Autograph letter signed : New York, to Miss Margaret Lee (d. 1914), 1900 Jan. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Papers, 1916-1933. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Coleman, J. Winston (John Winston), 1898-1983. J. Winston Coleman scrapbooks, 1799-1983. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. S. Weir Mitchell collection, 1861-1935. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Autograph letter signed James Lane Allen to: Thos.[?] Hawkins June 10, 1909. Wellesley College
referencedIn Morgan family. Morgan family papers, 1856-1940. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf James Lane Allen letter to Mrs. Mary J. Justice, 1897 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Willcox, Louise Collier, 1865-1919. Papers of Louise Collier Willcox, 1870-1933. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Thomas Bird Mosher papers, 1890-1939 (inclusive) 1895-1924 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968. John Wilson Townsend : papers, 1893-1949. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Lowell : autograph manuscript appreciation of James Russell Lowell signed, 1889 Feb. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Papers of James Southall Wilson [manuscript], 1904-1962. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Letters sent to Walter Hines Page from various correspondents, English period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Francis James Child papers, 1842-1925. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Letter to his cousin Stoddard [manuscript], 1896 March 20. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hunt, Joseph D. (Joseph Drummond), 1838-1920. Hunt-Bullock papers, 1822-1937 1831-1921 (bulk dates) University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Markham, Lucia Clark, 1870-1967. Lucia Clark Markham papers, 1901-1962. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. Papers of Ellen Glasgow [manuscript], 1880-1963. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. James Lane Allen papers, 1892-1923. University of Kentucky Libraries
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Photograph [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Papers of James Lane Allen [manuscript] 1890-1919. University of Virginia. Library
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Papers, 1889-1911. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Letter to [?]. [s.l.]. 1909 Dec. 28. University of Iowa Libraries
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creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Papers, 1881-1924. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
creatorOf Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. James Lane Allen : miscellaneous papers, 1890-1924. The Filson Historical Society
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Birth 1849-12-21

Death 1925-02-18

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