Hervey Allen

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ALLEN, Hervey (1889-1949) Popular American novelist and biographer. An immensely able journalist, Alien wrote one best selling historical novel Anthony Adverse. It deals with the Napoleonic period, and is popularly candid in ks treatment of sex, and psychologically credible. Historical accuracy is not one of its merits.

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Anthony Adverse
Israfel
Action at Aquila
The Forest and the Fort

He wrote for 5 years but it was not until 1933 did he achieve commercial success. Anthony Adverse, which was a huge best seller. Set in Europe during the Napoleonic era, Anthony Adverse offered numerous  characters and exotic locations within a complicated subplot. The book' had frank and open passages about sex and its considerable length introduced a new standard for popular fiction.

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