All the King's Men

Warren, Robert Penn

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).

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All the King's Men: Selected full-text books and articles

CliffsNotes on Warren's All the King's Men By L. David Allen Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999
Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1987
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
"The Lie We Must Learn to Live By": Honor and Tradition in 'All the King's Men.' By Blair, John Studies in the Novel, Vol. 25, No. 4, Winter 1993
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From 'Jack Burden' to 'I': The Narrator's Transformation in 'All the Kings Men.' By Cullick, Jonathan S Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 25, No. 2, Autumn 1997
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The Faraway Country: Writers of the Modern South By Louis Decimus Rubin University of Washington Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Burden's Landing: All the King's Men and the Modern South"
Literature and Film as Modern Mythology By William K. Ferrell Praeger, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "A 'Good' Politician Is Hard to Find: All the King's Men"
'All the King's Men,' Spiritual Aesthetics, and the Reader By Koppelman, Robert The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter 1994
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Faith in Good Works: The Salvation of Robert Penn Warren By Miller, Mark D The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter 1994
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Human Genetics and All the King's Men: The Case of Jack Burden's Paternity By Perkins, James A.; McCarthy, Patrick C.; Allen, Frank D., Jr The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 1, Winter 2002
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