Brooke Allen

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Brooke Allen’s articles in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, and her books on topics ranging from the American founding fathers’ religious beliefs to the life of Benazir Bhutto have received critical acclaim.


Allen is the author of five books: Twentieth Century Attitudes: Literary Powers in Uncertain Times (named a New York Times Notable Book); Artistic License: Three Centuries of Good Writing and Bad Behavior; Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers, a study of the religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of the American Founders; a travel book, The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels in Syria; and a brief biography, Benazir Bhutto: Favored Daughter. She is also co-editor of Yours in Haste and Adoration: The Selected Letters of Terry Southern. Allen’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, The Hudson Review, and numerous other publications. She is married to photographer Peter Aaron. Allen taught at Bennington from Spring 2011 through Spring 2018.