Search Results: "Robert Penn Warren"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Still, Blotner has done a great deal of research and deployed it subtly, and we should welcome any biography that looks beyond the colossus of Faulkner to remind us of the South's enormous modern literary vitality. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but occasionally opaque biography of the Pulitzer Prizewinning poet and novelist. Read full book review >

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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 >

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 >

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THE CAVE by Robert Penn Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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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 >

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ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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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 >

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A PLACE TO COME TO by Robert Penn Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >