Wednesday, February 3, 2016

L.H. Allen

L.H. Allen (b. Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 21 June 1879; d. Moruya, New South Wales, Australia, 5 or 6 January 1964)

Leslie Holdsworth Allen was the son of the Reverend William Allen (1847-1919) and his wife Martha Jane Holdsworth.  William Allen had been born in England but immigrated to Australia with his family when young, later becoming well-known as Congregational Minister of Melbourne and Petersham, N.S.W. Leslie was the second of five or six children, and was educated at Newington College, Sydney, Sydney University (B.A. 1904), and Leipzig University (Ph.D. 1907). He spent most of his life in Australian academia, at the Royal Military College at Duntroon from 1918 to 1930, and at Canberra University College (now the Australian National University) from 1931 on. He married Dora Bain (1880-1932) in Chatswood on 22 December 1915. They had two children, one daughter, and one son who died young.   

His first book was Gods and Wood-Things (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1913), which is a collection of seven poems and seven Hellenistic vignettes of fauns, centaurs and naiads. He translated two of Friedrich Hebbel’s Three Plays (1914) for the Everyman’s Library. Further poems were collected in Phaedra and Other Poems (London, 1921), Araby and Other Poems (Sydney, 1924) and Patria (Melbourne, 1941). 

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