Author, Amateur Boxer, and Traveler in Wilmette, Illinois
Allen Frantzen grew up in Iowa on a small farm on the outskirts of New Hampton. As a kid, Allen quickly developed and pursued interests in music and writing. He enjoyed playing the piano and writing creative poems and short stories.
Later on, Allen went on to attend Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he studied English, edited his school newspaper and wrote for his school’s literary magazine. In 1969, Frantzen graduated from Loras College, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree with the honor of magna cum laude. He was also the recipient of the J.J. O’Connor Award, recognized as an outstanding member of the senior class.
A few years later, Allen Frantzen went on to earn his Master's degree and PhD from the University of Virginia from 1972 to 1976. From 1974 to 1975, Frantzen also spent some time at the University College in Dublin as a research student.
Upon completing his education, Allen Frantzen became a renowned educator and professor known for his lectures and publications particularly related to English, History, World War I, and The Middle Ages.
Now retired, Allen Frantzen has still continued to write books and publish book reviews. Along with his interests in history and English, Allen Frantzen is also an avid amateur boxer. For many years, Allen has maintained his physical and mental fitness training with talented boxers and coaches a few times a week.
Allen Frantzen is also an avid traveler. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to travel to many places across the United States and all over the world. Allen enjoys visiting historical sites, memorials, and museums. Often, his travel experiences provide him inspiration and motivation in his writing.