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us: Allen, Samuel W.



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    • found: Poems from Africa, 1973, c1972.
    • found: Info. converted from 678, 2012-10-02 (b. 1917)
    • found: Oxford reference website, Mar. 19, 2013 (Samuel W. Allen ; (b. 1917), poet, educator, translator, and lawyer. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Samuel Allen (also known as Paul Vesey) studied creative writing in 1938. He received his JD from Harvard in 1941. Until 1968 when he formally left law for literature, he was active in both fields ; taught law at Texas Southern University from 1958 to 1960 ; served in Washington, D.C., as assistant general counsel in the U.S. Information Agency from 1961 to 1964, and as chief counsel in the U.S. Community Relations Service from 1965 to 1968)
    • found: The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, accessed November 1, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Allen, Samuel W.; Samuel Allen, also known as Paul Vesey; poet, educator, translator, lawyer; born 09 December 1917 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, United States; received JD from Harvard University (1941); drafted into the U.S. Armed Services (1942-1946); deputy assistant district attorney in New York City (1946-1947); studied humanities at the New School for Social Research; studied French at the Sorbonne (1948); employed with the U.S. Armed Forces (1951-1955); taught law at Texas Southern University (1958-1960); assistant general counsel in the U.S. Information Agency (1961-1964); chief counsel in the U.S. Community Relations Service (1965-1968); his first book of poetry appeared under the pen name Paul Vesey (1956); Avalon Professor of Humanities at Tuskegee Institute and visiting professor at Wesleyan University (1968-1970); taught African and African American literature at Boston University (1971-1981); had an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (1979-1980) and residence grants from the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos and the Rockefeller Foundation Conference and Study Center in Bellagio, Italy)
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