The Press: Double Ambition

"I have always had two ambitions," says Frederick Lewis Allen, "to edit and to write." He achieved both of them. A staffer on Harper's Magazine for 30 years, Allen has been its top editor for the last 11. He has also turned out dozens of articles and found time to write such well-known books as Only Yesterday, The Great Pierpont Morgan, and The Big Change. Last week, at 62, Writer-Editor Allen's second ambition triumphed over his first. He announced his resignation as editor of Harper's Magazine (although he will continue as an adviser and board member) to devote more time to...

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