I would like to ask for help with the following sentence (from a short story by C.A. Smith):
The authentic talent of Francis La Porte, fiction-writer, was allied with an industry no less than prodigious. Unfortunately, he was self-critical to an excessive degree.
I am not sure I got it right - especially the "allied with an industry" part.
My understand would be: His true, great talent was tied/linked/associated with an industry that was at least prodigious. But the "industry" just does not make much sense to me, probably because it is used in a way I am not aware of?