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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Grant Allen (1848–1899)

Allen, Grant (Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen). An English naturalist, essayist, and novelist; born in Alwington, Canada, Feb. 24, 1848; died in London, Oct. 28, 1899. He graduated from Oxford, and was professor at Queen’s College, Jamaica, until he settled in England. He early became a follower of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer, and wrote scientific essays in a picturesque and attractive style. From 1883 he produced a large number of novels, many of which are based on a psychological theme. Among the best of them are: ‘Babylon’ (1885), ‘The Devil’s Die’ (1888), and ‘Under Sealed Orders’ (1896). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).