Books by Robert Penn Warren

Released: May 1, 2000

"Useful for scholars and for admirers of Warren's work who are very familiar with the author's life and career. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Ten years of essentially unrevealing letters from a formative period of the poet and novelist best known for All the King's Men and as the first Poet Laureate of the United States. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 1989

"Just great, old-fashioned musing by a brilliant man."
Elegantly written—and elegantly imagined—critical essays on literature and the love it breeds; by the octogtenarian American poet laureate. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 12, 1981

"At its best, dark and moving work."
Increasingly prolific with age, Robert Penn Warren—poet, novelist, gut-historian—here regards mortality with his familiar passionate eloquence, and a new ferocity. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 1980

"Nor are there a dozen lines that pose cosmic questions about private destiny with as grand a flourish as the opening paragraph of his period novel, World Enough and Time (1950)."
This latest collection of Robert Penn Warren's poems give more evidence of his deficiencies—his affection for abstractions, like God, Truth, and Time, and his passion for the rhetorical question—than of his strengths. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 1979

"Let Lilburne speak'), Warren has done well in this new version; the marriage of narrative and decreased poetic assertion produces a strong work."
Warren's novels, with one or two exceptions, are terrible; his early poetry, though estimable for its linguistic ripeness and its heart and its astonished American innocence, was often a clustering mess of eloquence. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 1978

"It is also for those who think poetry boring or 'difficult,' because its impact is immediate, to be felt as well as pondered."
This small book is a showcase for the many varieties of Robert Penn Warren's talent, proving not only that the talent is still very much alive, but that the man using it is the same man. Read full book review >
A PLACE TO COME TO by Robert Penn Warren
Released: March 14, 1977

"These are, after all, unoriginal ideas which do not lend any distinctive heft to Warren's unfashionable, overt itinerary."
If you stop and think about Robert Penn Warren's most ambitious novel in years (Instead of going right on reading it), the two central characters don't really carry it: namely Jed Tewksbury with his identitylessness; or the hedonistic, sluttish Rozelle whom he loves for most of his life—who's right out of the same Alabama small town of Frank Yerby. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1977

"Both in the novels and the poems, during a long and exemplary career, he has blended modernism and romanticism, dreams and responsibilities, in a manner that we can now see is distinctly his own."
Robert Penn Warren is a moral realist in his novels and a lyric moralist in his poems. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 1974

"An uneven work by a distinguished man of letters, better known for his achievements in other genres."
Conceived, perhaps, as a single long poem, yet all these sections really have in common is time and the American poet who voices them — nay, narrates them — nay, declaims them. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 1971

"And in spite of the 'luminous' (another favored word) overcast, the air is thick with loss, regret and failure."
Life was the way things went away from you, and left you standing," indeed abandoned in the loneliness which shrouds this new novel. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 1971

"A full-dress homage, introduced by three fervent poems by Warren."
A centennial celebration, which like Ellen Moers' excellent Two Dreisers (1969), reaches beyond the vast blunders and dramatic miseries of Dreiser's career (so exhaustively documented by Swanberg in his 1965 biography) to the central tensions in Dreiser's life and work. Read full book review >
AUDUBON by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Nov. 12, 1969

"But this is nonetheless a poem of pristine breadth and power."
A long poem, based on Warren's vision of Audubon, a poem of "great distance and stars." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 1968

"Warren still writes with great assurance, but 'Night Is Personal' is the sole poem one can unreservedly admire."
Robert Penn Warren has always been wedded to history, both in his novels and poems. Read full book review >
Released: May 27, 1965

"This montage portrait of a revolution in process has a cumulative effect."
In 1929-30, Robert Penn Warren wrote from England an essay on the Negro in the South which he recalls as "a cogent and humane defense of segregation." Read full book review >
Released: May 18, 1964

"The symbolic characters are all familiar, and the hero's search for the life of the heart brittle, but Mr. P.W. can write up a storm."
Again Mr. Penn Warren has his way with a Southern town — from the forlorn green with the statue of the Confederate soldier to the sightless shop fronts- but in this case the characters are lyric shadows from other Warren main streets, and the rotagonist is a half-realized remnant of the artist's ruminations. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Nov. 15, 1961

"Here-as only Robert Penn Warren could do it- is another aspect of the Civil War."
If this 'novel' had been written in verse form it would have been easier to assess, for the prose virtually scans, the images come crystal clear, the concepts have the almost fragile quality of poetic imagery. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 31, 1960

"In theory, the juxtaposition of languages and styles is more fruitful than it would seem here where the mixture is not entirely successful."
Robert Penn Warren is a Pulitzer prize winner and a versatile writer in many genres. Read full book review >
THE CAVE by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Aug. 24, 1959

"It is a tale of muted violence, uninhibited in language and raw sex, but absorbing in the subtle play of human emotions."
Here is one of the South's most gifted and versatile writers with a new theme, handled in- for him- a wholly new vein. Read full book review >
GODS OF MOUNT OLYMPUS by Robert Penn Warren
Released: June 15, 1959

"With this as a basis of understanding of the classic myths-a heritage fundamental to understanding the literature of the West, Warren has performed signal service, an invaluable aid to grounding student understanding of all literature."
The Greek myth of creation, the genealogy of the gods, are given new vitality in Warren's handling. Read full book review >
REMEMBER THE ALAMO! by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Aug. 28, 1958

"Boys and girls with any appetite for historical information will endorse this."
This factual account of the Battle of the Alamo brings more vigorous personalities to life and effects more dramatic contrasts than many of its fictional competitors. Read full book review >
PROMISES: 1954-1956 by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Aug. 15, 1957

"A few of these poems have appeared in periodicals."
Robert Penn Warren was known as a poet long before he was known as a novelist, but this is the first collection of fugitive verse that has been made for many years. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 31, 1956

"And he recognizes- as he turns North-a vast sense of relief at escape from responsibility, from the divisiveness that characterizes the Southerner."
Kentucky born poet, novelist, journalist, Pulitzer prize winner, Robert Penn Warren will be listened to as the average Northerner with comparable acceptance would not. Read full book review >
BAND OF ANGELS by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Aug. 22, 1955

"As September Literary Guild selection, many of the hurdles will be taken."
Warren, Pulitzer prize winner, erratic genius, poet, philosopher, novelist, short story writer, has written a provocative, at times brilliant book, which attacks from a different angle, the always moot subject of miscegenation and its aftermath. Read full book review >
WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME by Robert Penn Warren
Released: June 20, 1950

"An unusual and difficult book —oddly dated in style and substance, but an authentic mirroring of the moods and passions of the times."
Short story writer, poet and Pulitzer Prize Award winner with All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren has established his right to speak for his native Kentucky — as well as for his adoptive Louisiana. Read full book review >
THE CIRCUS IN THE ATTIC by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Jan. 22, 1947

"The twelve short stories are sketches, character bits, impressions, community cross sectioning, — stories that have been published over seventeen years by the Pulitzer Prize winner, author of All The King's Men."
Kentucky and Tennessee provide the background for most of the fourteen stories that make up this collection — a sort of between the wars Winesburg, Ohio — or perhaps even closer in the types of characters and situations to a prose Spoon River Anthology. Read full book review >
ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
Released: June 15, 1946

"But as a novel it provides limited entertainment for largely a male market."
Once again Huey Long has provided the prototype for a novel built around a tycoon in the making. Read full book review >
AT HEAVEN'S GATE by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Aug. 19, 1943

"Narsh, dynamic, convincing, but certainly not pleasant reading nor a book for a wide popular sale."
There's brilliance here, power too, in a novel of the South in the late '80's which is sometimes scathing, sometimes militant, consistently incisive — and which — with a hard precision, presents a group of people in conflict. Read full book review >
NIGHT RIDER by Robert Penn Warren
Released: March 7, 1939

"It is over-long, but has many passages of exceptional writing."
Here's a book that may prove important from the angle of critical acclaim but that will scarcely class as popular in its appeal. Read full book review >
A SOUTHERN HARVEST by Robert Penn Warren
Released: Nov. 5, 1937

"Others represented are Jesse Stuart, Faulkner, Caroline Gordon, Katherine Anne Porter, etc. Throughout there is a strong tendency towards self-scrutiny, self-definition through close observation, with a sacrifice of drama to analysis — but there is skill and poetry in the telling."
A collection of short stories by the foremost southern writers of today, which provides not only excellent reading but also a many-faceted picture of the South. Read full book review >

"Even so, one hopes for a shattering finality; one gets measured wisdom."
Robert Penn Warren's fame extends over a three-pronged front. Read full book review >