Nebraska Authors

Allean L. Hale

AKA: Allean Lemmon Hale

Born 1914-07-13 Bethany (Lincoln), NE (USA)

Died 2015-04-18
Columbia, MO (USA)

Places Lived


Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Free-lance writer; Fiction; Playwright


AA, 1933, Christian College (now Columbia College, Missouri), Columbia, MO
BA, 1935, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
MA, 1963, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Production Assistant in Drama
Alumnae Director and Editor of College Magazine
Instructor in Communication and Fiction Writing
She was a leading authority on the life and works of Tennessee Williams, focusing on his early life and on his late plays.

Places Worked

Chicago Theological Seminary
Christian College
University of Iowa
Adult Education Program, Urbana, IL
University of Illinois


First Prize (1933 and 1935) in Zeta Phi Eta National Playwriting Contest for The Hero, and Last Flight Over
First Prize, 1935, in Midwestern Intercollegiate Folk Playwriting Contest for Last Flight Over
Four awards in 1953 from the National Federation of Press Women
Distinguished Alumna Award, 1964, Christian College


Editorial Assistant to Oscar Lewis, writer-anthropologist, 1966-1969
Phi Beta Kappa


Petticoat Pioneer: A History of Christian College, 1851-1951. 1956. (rev. ed., 1968.)
Witness Against Odds. 1975. (Contributor)
The Hero 1934. (published in Christian College Prize Plays)
Flight Over. 1935.
Remind Me to Live. 1960.
Two in a Trap. 1966.
A Whole New Life. 1969.
The Second Coming of Mrs. C. 1971.

Contributor of poems to Saturday Evening Post and Parents' Magazine.

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