Frederick Lewis Allen

American historian and editor of Harper's Magazine
Frederick Lewis Allen

Frederick Lewis Allen (July 5, 1890, in Boston, Massachusetts – February 13, 1954, in New York City) was the editor of Harper's Magazine and also notable as an American historian of the first half of the 20th century.


  • Wilson was a visionary who liked to identify himself with "forward-looking man"; Harding … was as old-fashioned as those wooden Indians which used to stand in front of cigar stores.... Wilson thought in terms of the whole world; Harding was for America first. And, finally, whereas Wilson wanted America to exert itself nobly, Harding wanted to give it a rest.
    • Only Yesterday, ch. 2, Harper (1931)
  • It is easier to tear down a code than to put a new one in its place.

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