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William R Allen

BA (History), MA (English), MPhil (Language & Literature), MLn (Library Science)

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William R Allen

Bill began his lifelong generalist love of history, literature, popular culture, and musical theater when he studied the historical and literary aspects of the Broadway musical while getting his history and English degrees at the University of Louisville. After teaching at colleges in Kentucky and Indiana, he studied at the University of London (Royal Holloway College) and received the Master of Philosophy degree in English Language and Literature with a 500-page dissertation on W. S. Gilbert (Gilbert and Sullivan). Later he received a Master of Librarianship degree from Emory and did doctoral studies in the Institute of the Liberal Arts where he wrote a long, well-received essay on American lyricist E. Y. (Yip) Harburg. He held a research and archives position in the CNN Library for 19 years before retiring in 2005. He says dramatic and lyrical writing and teaching his special interest courses at OLLI-Emory now give him great pleasure and satisfaction.