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1933-1934: Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen

William Hervey Allen, Jr. (1889-1949) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he later attended the U.S. Naval Academy, but was given an honorable discharge after having “overstrained himself in athletics” (Kunitz 18). He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1915, then joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. He served as a lieutenant in the infantry in World War One and was severely wounded.

After returning to the U.S., Allen settled down in South Carolina and began his career as a teacher and a writer, teaching English at Charleston High School and founding the Poetry Society of South Carolina. He later lectured at Columbia and then Vassar where he met Ann Hyde Andrews, whom he married in 1927.

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Anthony Adverse was published in 1933, and was to be Hervey Allen’s best-known and most successful work. Nearly penniless by the time he finished the novel, the royalties alone allowed him to buy a manor in Maryland.

Anthony Adverse tells the life-story of the eponymous Anthony. And when I say life story, I mean it covers his entire life in near-exhaustive detail, from the circumstances surrounding his conception in 1770’s Europe, to his death in Mexico at what I would guess to be the 1820’s or later.

This is an adventure novel, following the orphan Anthony, the son of a noble Scottish woman and her lover, abandoned at a convent by his mother’s husband, the evil Marquis Don Luis. Coincidence finds him the ward of his maternal grandfather, a wealthy merchant in Livorno, Italy. From there, his adventures include everything from African expeditions to owning a Southern plantation, to doing battle with Native Americans.

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The book is out of print but no old enough to for US Gutenberg, but Aussie Gutenberg has it at

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:59 pm 
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I read this book back in spring..should have posted. Excellent book on Grant, both the war and president years. Chernow writes a great book, have enjoyed all his publications.


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