Henry Allen

Henry Allen: Intense. Mercurial. Bald. Bearded. Marine veteran of Vietnam. Feature writer and art critic at The Washington Post, 1970-2009 – awarded first prize for commentary by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (1992) and the Pulitzer Prize for criticism (2000).

Among his books: Going Too Far Enough: American Culture at Century’s End (Smithsonian Institution Press), What It Felt Like: Living in the American Century (Pantheon), Fool’s Mercy: a novel (Houghton-Mifflin), and The Museum of Lost Air, poetry (Dryad Press). Allen has written for the New York Review of Books, New Yorker, Paris Review, Vogue, Wilson Quarterly and currently reviews books for The Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest on radio and television, e.g., Charlie Rose Show, Discovery Channel, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Stephen Colbert and has given talks in venues at Princeton University, University of Michigan (Graham Hovey Lecture), Pennsylvania State University, American University, and F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference. Allen has taught cultural analysis in the University of Maryland honors program. His art (http://henryallenstudio.blogspot.com) has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Washington, DC), a one-man exhibit at the mansion at Strathmore (North Bethesda, Maryland), and “Celebrating the Hopper Landscape.” (Truro, Massachusetts).