See also:English author, son of a clergyman of Irish descent, was
See also:born at
See also:Kingston, Ontario,
See also:Canada, on the 24th of
See also:February 1848 . He was educated partly in
See also:America and France, and in England at
See also:Edward's School,
See also:Birmingham, and afterwards at Merton,
See also:Oxford . He was for a few years a schoolmaster in
See also:Jamaica, but then made his home in England, where he became prominent as a writer . He died at his
See also:house on Hindhead,
See also:Haslemere, on the 24th of
See also:October 1899 .
See also:Allen was a voluminous author . He was full of interesting scientific knowledge and had a
See also:gift for expression both in biological exposition and in fiction, His more purely scientific books (such as Physiological
See also:Aesthetics, 1877; The Evolutionist at Large, 1881; The
See also:Evolution of the Idea of
See also:God, 1897) contain much
See also:matter, popularly expressed, and he was a cultured exponent of the evolutionary idea in various aspects of
See also:biology and anthropology . He first attracted
See also:attention as a novelist with a sensational
See also:story, The Devil's Die (1888), though this was by no means his first attempt at fiction; and The Woman who Did (1895), which had a succes de scandale on account of its treatment of the sexual problem, had for the moment a number of cheap imitators . Other volumes flowed from his
See also:pen, and his name became well known in contemporary literature . But his reputation was essentially contemporary and characteristic of the vogue
See also:peculiar to the journalistic type .
ETHAN ALLEN (1739–1789)
JAMES LANE ALLEN (1850– )
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