Robert Penn Warren


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in Guthrie, Kentucky, The United States
April 24, 1905

Died
September 15, 1989

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Robert Penn Warren was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic, and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry. He won the Pulitzer in 1947 for his novel All the King's Men (1946) and won his subsequent Pulitzer Prizes for poetry in 1957 and then in 1979.

Warren was born on April 24, 1905, in Guthrie, Kentucky. He graduated from Clarksville High School in Tennessee, Vanderbilt University in 1925 and the University of California, Berkeley in 1926. Warren later attended Yale University and obtained his B. Litt. as a Rhodes Scholar from New College, Oxford, in England in 1930. That same year he
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All the King's Men

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“Tell me a story of deep delight.”
Robert Penn Warren

“The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it, would save him.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

“For West is where we all plan to go some day. It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach. It is where you go when you get the letter saying: Flee, all is discovered. It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it. It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire. It is where you go when you hear that thar's gold in them-thar hills. It is where you go to grow up with the country. It is where you go to spend your old age. Or it is just where you go.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

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April 2018 New School Poll

 
  65 votes, 17.7%

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, 181 pages, 1945
 
  46 votes, 12.5%

 
  34 votes, 9.3%

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, 240 pages, 1902
 
  33 votes, 9.0%

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages, 1932
 
  29 votes, 7.9%

Blindness by José Saramago, 326 pages, 1995
 
  28 votes, 7.6%

Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald, 225 pages, 1932
 
  22 votes, 6.0%

 
  21 votes, 5.7%

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, 232 pages, 1938
 
  21 votes, 5.7%

Native Son by Richard Wright, 504 pages, 1940
 
  18 votes, 4.9%

The Ambassadors by Henry James, 528 pages, 1903
 
  11 votes, 3.0%

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, 688 pages, 1933
 
  11 votes, 3.0%

At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien, 239 pages, 1939
 
  10 votes, 2.7%

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, 176 pages, 1987
 
  9 votes, 2.5%

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, 345 pages, 1974
 
  4 votes, 1.1%

 
  3 votes, 0.8%

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 644 pages, 1929
 
  2 votes, 0.5%

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