Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project

Description: 
Robert Penn Warren (1905--1989), a native of Guthrie, became the first official poet laureate of the United States in 1986. He won the Pulitzer Prize three times: for his novel All the King's Men in 1947, for Promises: Poems 1954—1956 in 1957, and for Now and Then: Poems 1976—1978 in 1979. He taught at several universities, including Yale, Louisiana State, and the University of Minnesota, and was an essayist, editor, and critic. This project contains interviews with Warren and his friends, relatives, and colleagues, including Saul Bellow, Cleanth Brooks, James Dickey, and William Styron. They discuss Warren family history; Guthrie at the turn of the century; Warren's childhood; his educational experiences; his early interest in writing; his writing style; the intellectual development of his writing; the influence of William Wordsworth, William Blake, Thomas Hardy, and other writers; the Southern Review; the Fugitives; Eleanor Warren; Sergeant York; Warren's suicide attempt; and many of Warren's works, such as All the King's Men, Selected Poems, Brother to Dragons, At Heaven's Gate, The Cave, Billy Potts, Promises, Audubon, Night Rider, and World Enough and Time.

Project Accession: 
RPW001
LC Subjects: 
Authors   Blake, William, 1757-1827   Clark, Eleanor, 1913-1996   Criticism   Critics   Essay   Fiction   Fugitives (Group)   Guthrie (Ky.)   Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928   Literature   Novelists   Poetry   Poets.   Prose literature   Southern review (Baton Rouge, La.)   Warren family   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. All the king's men   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. At heaven's gate   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Audubon, a vision   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Brother to dragons   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Night rider   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Poems. Selections   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Promises   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. The ballad of Billie Potts   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. The cave   Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. World enough and time   Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850   York, Alvin Cullum, 1887-1964  

Restriction: 
No Restrictions
Number of Interviews: 
43

 
 Interviewee(s)  Interview Date  Accession Number  Interviewer  Restrictions  Access
Robert Penn Warren
1977-10-061977oh075_rpw001David Farrell
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Bruce Denbo
1977-12-141977oh106_rpw002David Farrell
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John Ervin
1978-01-251978oh003_rpw003David Farrell
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Leonard Unger
1978-01-251978oh004_rpw004David Farrell
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Louis D. Rubin
1978-03-221978oh013_rpw005Susan E. Allen
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Richard Lewis
1978-03-221978oh014_rpw006Susan E. Allen
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Victor H. Strandberg
1978-03-231978oh015_rpw007Susan E. Allen
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Doris Foster
Charles H.
1978-03-271978oh016_rpw008Susan E. Allen
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Samuel Holt Monk
1978-03-281978oh017_rpw009Susan E. Allen
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Robert Penn Warren
1978-05-091978oh034_rpw010David Farrell
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Arnold S. Stein
1978-06-221978oh062_rpw011Susan E. Allen
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Mary O'Connor
1978-08-031978oh117_rpw012David Farrell
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Robert Heilman
1978-08-041978oh118_rpw013David Farrell
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Rene Wellek
1978-11-211978oh161_rpw014Susan E. Allen
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Robert Penn Warren
1978-11-071978oh172_rpw015David Farrell
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John Palmer
1979-01-241979oh058_rpw016David Farrell
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Robert Penn Warren
1979-01-251979oh059_rpw017David Farrell
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren
1979-05-031979oh231_rpw018David Farrell
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Cleanth Brooks
1978-05-101979oh247_rpw019David Farrell
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Robert Penn Warren
1979-09-281979oh268_rpw020David Farrell
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John L. Stewart
1979-12-271980oh028_rpw021David Farrell
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Robert Penn Warren
1980-03-071980oh045_rpw022David Farrell
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Harold Bloom
1980-05-051980oh066_rpw023Susan E. Allen
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William Styron
1980-05-051980oh067_rpw024Susan E. Allen
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Robert Penn Warren
1980-05-041980oh068_rpw025David Farrell
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Saul Bellow
1980-05-151980oh115_rpw026David Farrell
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Eric Bentley
1980-06-251980oh123_rpw027David Farrell
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Mary Wyvell
1980-10-211980oh183_rpw029David Farrell
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Audrey H. Parrish
1980-10-211980oh184_rpw030David Farrell
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Brenda Ueland
1980-12-081980oh198_rpw031David Farrell
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Rosalind Pflaum
1980-12-081980oh199_rpw032David Farrell
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Northrop Beach
1980-12-091980oh200_rpw033David Farrell
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Isabella Gardner
1981-01-081981oh004_rpw034David Farrell
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Robert Penn Warren
1981-01-101981oh005_rpw035David Farrell
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Elizabeth W. Brown
1980-10-201981oh007_rpw036David Farrell
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Robert Brustein
1981-02-231981oh026_rpw037David Farrell
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Peter Davison
1981-02-231981oh027_rpw038David Farrell
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Richard Eberhart
1981-02-261981oh028_rpw039David Farrell
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Matthew Bruccoli
1981-05-131981oh055_rpw040Susan E. Allen
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James Dickey
1981-05-131981oh056_rpw041Susan E. Allen
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John Hollander
1981-05-121981oh067_rpw042David Farrell
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren
1981-05-121981oh068_rpw043David Farrell
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Francis Steegmuller
1981-05-141981oh069_rpw044David Farrell
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