Donald M. Allen, 92, a poetry editor who celebrated the Beat writers, edited Jack Kerouac and published an acclaimed anthology of American poetry, died Aug. 29 in San Francisco after suffering from pneumonia.
Mr. Allen, a native of Cherokee, Iowa, had a lifelong interest in literature. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from the University of Iowa and taught English for many years.
He first made a name for himself as an editor at Grove Press in New York, where he published the acclaimed anthology "The New American Poetry 1945-1960." The collection introduced writers from the Beat Generation and the New York and Black Mountain schools.
"I think Donald was the best editor for poetry of the last few decades. He put certain poets on the map and put a more experimental, avant-garde poetry on the map," said Marjorie Perloff, author and professor emeritus at Stanford University, where some of Mr. Allen's manuscripts and correspondence are housed.
Mr. Allen edited Kerouac's "Mexico City Blues" and the San Francisco issue of Evergreen Review, which contained the first separate printing of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl."
He also founded two influential literary presses, Grey Fox Press and Four Seasons Foundation, which published Kerouac, Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Frank O'Hara, Robert Duncan, Philip Whalen, Philip Lamantia, Lew Welch and Joanne Kyger.
The presses also published works on philosophy and Buddhism and seminal gay titles. Mr. Allen also edited novelist and poet Richard Brautigan's first four books.
Survivors include a sister.