Robert Penn Warren

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Robert Penn Warren (1905–1989), was an American novelist, poet, teacher, and critic. Born in Guthrie, Kentucky, and educated at Vanderbilt University (BA 1925), Warren became a leader of the "Nashville Agrarians" in the 1930s. He represent a strong conservative voice in American letters. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice for poetry, Brother to Dragons (1953), a long, dramatic poem, and Promises (1957); and once for his novel about Huey Long and the corruptions of Southern politics in the 1930s, All the King’s Men (1946). Warren is the only one who have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry. Warren's greatest dramatic lyrics stand with the best American poetry of the twentieth century, with Frost, Stevens, Eliot, and Hart Crane. [1] In 1986, he was appointed the nation's first Poet Laureate.

In 1935, Robert Warren founded along with Charles W. Pipkinand and Cleanth Brooks the literary journal The Southern Review.

America's most eminent man of letters in his later years, and certainly one of the greatest Southern writers, Robert Penn Warren has increasingly come to be known for his poetry. Ghostly Parallels is a close examination of the heart of his poetic corpus-the eight collections published between 1935 and 1976: Thirty-Six Poems; Eleven Poems on the Same Theme; Promises; You, Emperors, and Others; Tale of Time; Incarnations; Or Else; and Can I See Arcturus from Where I Stand? [2]

Some Works

  • John Brown: The Making of a Martyr (1929)
  • Thirty-six Poems (1936)
  • An Approach to Literature (1938), with Cleanth Brooks and John Thibaut Purser.
  • Understanding Poetry (1939), with Cleanth Brooks.
  • Night Rider (1939). first published novel.
  • Eleven Poems on the Same Theme (1942)
  • Understanding Fiction (1943), with Cleanth Brooks.
  • Selected Poems, 1923 – 1943 (1944)
  • All the King's Men (1946). Novel
  • Fundamentals of Good Writing: A Handbook of Modern Rhetoric (1950), with Cleanth Brooks
  • Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South (1956)
  • Promises: Poems: 1954 – 1956 (1957)
  • Selected Essays (1958)
  • All the King's Men: A Play (1960)
  • You, Emperors, and Others: Poems 1957 – 1960 (1960)
  • The Legacy of the Civil War (1961)
  • Who Speaks for the Negro? (1965)
  • Selected Poems: New and Old 1923 – 1966 (1966)
  • Incarnations: Poems 1966 – 1968 (1968)
  • Audubon: A Vision (1969). Book-length poem
  • American Literature: The Makers and the Making (1974), with Cleanth Brooks and R.W.B. Lewis
  • Or Else: Poem/Poems 1968 – 1974 (1974)
  • Democracy and Poetry (1975)
  • Selected Poems: 1923 – 1976 (1977)
  • A Place to Come to (1977), last published novel.
  • Now and Then: Poems 1976 – 1978 (1978)
  • Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse and Vorces - A New Version (1979)
  • Rumor Verified: Poems 1979 – 1980 (1981)
  • New and Selected Poems: 1923 – 1985 (1985)
  • Portrait of a Father (1988)

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Further reading

  • Steven D. Ealy. "Corruption and Innocence in Robert Penn Warren's Fiction," Modern Age Volume 47, Number 2; Spring 2005 online edition
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