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Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen's latest book is Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers (Ivan R Dee). Ms. Allen was born in 1956 and grew up in New York City. She received a BA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in English from Columbia University. She spent several years working in various jobs in the theater, and wrote a play, The Big Love. Ms. Allen worked as managing editor for the literary and art magazine Grand Street. Her writing appears regularly in The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Hudson Review, and The New Leader; she has also written theater reviews for Time Out New York. Ms. Allen is married to Peter Aaron, an architectural photographer, and has twin daughters. She lives in New York City and Upstate New York. She has also lived in France and in Kenya.

article archive

Long live the queen | June 2013

A review of Queen Bee of Tuscany: The Redoubtable Janet Ross by Ben Downing

Wilde style | March 2013

A review of Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America by Roy Morris Jr.

Better than Brangelina | February 2013

A review of The Richard Burton Diaries by Richard Burton,Chris Williams

Strindberg's inferno | October 2012

On the life and legacy of August Strindberg, the Swedish artist whose variety is under-appreciated.

Horton Foote's staying power | September 2012

On the creative prowess of playwright Horton Foote.

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Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers

Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers

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