Original pencil drawing of Allen, also signed by the artist, John
Original Art signed: "Harvey Allen/a good sketch of a
photograph/which does not look like me/at all.", 5½x8½. Pencil drawing also
signed by the artist "J. Raitt". American author Hervey Allen
(1889-1949), born William Hervey Allen, is best known for his 1933 novel,
Anthony Adverse, which was made into a feature film. A veteran of
WWI, Allen began his literary career as a poet while recovering from
being gassed while in combat. His best known poem, "The Blindman", was
published in "North American Review" in 1919, but as Allen was becoming a major
poet (1920), he retreated from his fame and almost entirely gave up writing
poetry during the 1930s. His other noted works include a series of
historical novels, The Disinherited, about Colonial America. He
completed three volumes in the series, The Forest and the Fort
(1943), Bedford Village (1944) and Toward the
Morning (1948), and Allen also wrote Israfel (1926), a biography
of Edgar Allan Poe. While in college in the 1930s, JOHN RAITT
began drawing portraits of famous people. He sent his artwork to each subject
with a request that it be autographed and returned to him. Two horizontal folds.
Tape affixed at corners and bottom edge. ½-inch tear at bottom edge. Lightly
frayed at right edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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