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Henry Allen (journalist)

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Spouse(s)  Deborah
Name  Henry (journalist)

Role  Journalist
Books  What it felt like
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Born  1941 (age 73–74)Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation  Journalist, Critic, Artist, Poet
Notable credit(s)  The Washington Post (1970–2009)
Education  Hamilton College, Montgomery College
Awards  Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

Henry Southworth Allen (b. 1941 in Summit, New Jersey) is an American journalist, poet, artist, and critic.


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Allen obtained his degree in English and art at Hamilton College and Montgomery College.


Allen began his painting and drawing in the late 1960s.

He was a stationed in Vietnam in the mid-1960s as a marine.

Allen was a critic for The New York Review of Books and worked on staff for the New Haven Register. As a staff writer for the Style section, he worked at The Washington Post for 39 years. In 1975, he was awarded a NEH Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He left the Washington Post in 2009 after an altercation with a fellow staffer.

He then began teaching courses in cultural analysis in the University of Maryland honors program.

Allen had solo shows in June 2009 at Strathmore Hall and in August 2012 at the Chebeague Island Library.

Awards and honors

Allen was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2000 for his writings in the Washington Post on photography.


He appeared on the Colbert Report, February 2, 2010.


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