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: 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 >

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 >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME by Robert Penn Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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NEW AND SELECTED ESSAYS by Robert Penn Warren
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 >

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 >