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Robert Penn Warren

(April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989 / United States)

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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 founded the influential literary journal The Southern Review with Cleanth Brooks in 1935. He received the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for his novel All the King's Men (1946) and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1958 and 1979. He is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry. more »

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  • ''The oaks, how subtle and marine!
    Bearded, and all the layered light
    Above them swims; and thus the scene,
    Recessed, awaits the positive night.''
    Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), U.S. poet. Bearded Oaks (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, ...
  • ''So little time we live in Time,
    And we learn all so painfully,
    That we may spare this hour's term
    To practice for Eternity.''
    Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), U.S. poet. Bearded Oaks (l. 37-40). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair...
  • Huckleberry Finn is a companion piece to Tom Sawyer, but a companion piece in reverse, a mirror image; it is the American un-success story, the story that had been embodied in Leatherstocking, proclai...
    Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), U.S. poet, critic, novelist. "Mark Twain," New and Selected Essays, Random House (1981).
  • ''But it thought no bed too narrow—it stood with lips askew
    And shook its great head sadly like the abstract Jew.''
    Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), U.S. poet. Original Sin; a Short Story (l. 24-25). . . New Oxford Book of Christian Verse, The. Donald Davie, ed. ...
  • ''Nodding, its great head rattling like a gourd,
    And locks like seaweed strung on the stinking stone,
    The nightmare stumbles past,''
    Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), U.S. poet. Original Sin; a Short Story (l. 1-3). . . New Oxford Book of Christian Verse, The. Donald Davie, ed. (1...
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