Frederick Lewis Allen


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(1890–1954), born in Boston and educated at Harvard, served on the staffs of the Atlantic Monthly (1914–16), The Century (1916–1917), and Harper's (1923–53, as editor after 1941). His major books are informal histories of the U.S.: Only Yesterday (1931), about the 1920s; Since Yesterday (1940), about the 1930s; The Lords of Creation (1935), about financial and corporate expansion since the 1890s; and The Big Change (1952), about the first half of the 20th century. He also wrote the text for two anthologies of photographs, The American Procession (1933) and Metropolis (1934).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.