Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren, 1905–89, American novelist, poet, and critic, b. Guthrie, Ky., grad. Vanderbilt Univ. 1925; M.A., Univ. of California 1927; B.Litt., Oxford 1930. At Vanderbilt he became associated with John Crowe Ransom and the group of Southern agrarian poets who made the Fugitive (1922–25) an important literary magazine. He was managing editor with Cleanth Brooks of the Southern Review. Warren first gained recognition as a poet. His early verse was much influenced by the metaphysical poets, but his later poetry is simpler and more regional. Among his volumes of poetry are Thirty-six Poems (1935); Brother to Dragons (1953; Pulitzer), a long, dramatic poem; Promises (1957; Pulitzer), Selected Poems: New and Old (1966), Incarnations (1968), Audubon: A Vision (1969), Or Else (1974), and New and Selected Poems 1923–1985 (1985). Warren's most famous novel is All the King's Men (1946; Pulitzer), which concerns the rise to power of a political demagogue resembling Huey Long. Among his other novels are World Enough and Time (1950), The Cave (1959), Wilderness (1961), Flood (1964), Meet Me in the Green Glen (1971), and A Place to Come To (1977). His other works include a collection of short stories, The Circus in the Attic (1948), and Selected Essays (1958). In 1986 he became the first poet laureate of the United States.

See biography by J. Blotner (1997); correspondence with C. Brooks (1998), ed. by J. A. Grimshaw, Jr.; studies by C. Bohner (1964, rev. ed. 1981), J. Justus (1981), and K. Snipes (1984).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1987
World Enough and Time: A Romantic Novel
Robert Penn Warren.
Random House, 1950
At Heaven's Gate
Robert Penn Warren.
Harcourt Brace and Company, 1943
Wilderness: A Tale of the Civil War
Robert Penn Warren.
Random House, 1961
Warren's 'Wilderness' and the Defining "if."(Special Issue: Robert Pennn Warren)
Hendricks, Randy J.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter 1994
The Fugitives: A Critical Account
John M. Bradbury.
University of North Carolina Press, 1958
Faith in Good Works: The Salvation of Robert Penn Warren
Miller, Mark D.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter 1994
Southern Renascence the Literature of the Modern South
Louis D. Rubin Jr.; Robert D. Jacobs.
Johns Hopkins Press, 1966
The War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South, 1919-1945
Daniel Joseph Singal.
University of North Carolina Press, 1982
Robert Penn Warren and Regionalism
Millichap, Joseph R.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter 1994
Robert Penn Warren and the Classical Tradition
Stranberg, Victor.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter 1994
Acts of Mind: Conversations with Contemporary Poets
Richard Jackson.
University of Alabama Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Penn Warren" p. 53
Selected Poems, 1923-1943
Robert Penn Warren.
Harcourt Brace, 1944
The Immolation of Influence: Aesthetic Conflict in Robert Penn Warren's Poetry
Szczesiul, Anthony E.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 1, Winter 1998
Fifty Southern Writers after 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Joseph M. Flora; Robert Bain.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Penn Warren" p. 505
Search for more books and articles on Robert Penn Warren