Interview with Robert Penn Warren, October 6, 1977

Project: Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Warren begins the interview by recalling his childhood in detail, including anecdotes of his brother, father, and both grandfathers. Next, Warren talks of his teenage years, with musings upon his favorite poems, career interests, and moving to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University. Then, the various educational institutions Warren attended are listed, beginning with his undergraduate years. The cultures of each school are compared to one another as well. Warren's change from emphasis upon fiction to poetry is documented, along with the role of setting in his work as a whole. Additionally, Warren's versatility as a writer is highlighted, paired with the author's writing process for poetry and prose.

Secondly, Warren's literary shift is elaborated upon. The author's favorite poems are then noted. Warren recollects his time at the Library of Congress, and a brief mentioning of TV movie adaptations of Warren's literature are presented. Warren and his friendships with contemporaries Allen Tate and Robert Lowell are discussed as well. Lastly, the Southern Agrarian movement, the South (in general), and Warren's interest in Italy are examined.

Interview Accession

1977oh075_rpw001

Interviewee Name

Robert Penn Warren

Interviewer Name

David Farrell

Interview Date

1977-10-06

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Warren, Robert Penn Interview by David Farrell. 06 Oct. 1977. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Warren, R.P. (1977, October 06). Interview by D. Farrell. Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Warren, Robert Penn, interview by David Farrell. October 06, 1977, Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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