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)
 Accession Number
 Date
 Interviewer
 Access
 Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1977oh075_rpw001  
1977-10-06
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Bruce Denbo  
1977oh106_rpw002  
1977-12-14
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
John Ervin  
1978oh003_rpw003  
1978-01-25
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Leonard Unger  
1978oh004_rpw004  
1978-01-25
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Louis D. Rubin  
1978oh013_rpw005  
1978-03-22
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Richard Lewis  
1978oh014_rpw006  
1978-03-22
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Victor H. Strandberg  
1978oh015_rpw007  
1978-03-23
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Doris Foster  
Charles H. Foster  
1978oh016_rpw008  
1978-03-27
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Samuel Holt Monk  
1978oh017_rpw009  
1978-03-28
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1978oh034_rpw010  
1978-05-09
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Arnold S. Stein  
1978oh062_rpw011  
1978-06-22
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Mary O'Connor  
1978oh117_rpw012  
1978-08-03
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Heilman  
1978oh118_rpw013  
1978-08-04
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Rene Wellek  
1978oh161_rpw014  
1978-11-21
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1978oh172_rpw015  
1978-11-07
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
John Palmer  
1979oh058_rpw016  
1979-01-24
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1979oh059_rpw017  
1979-01-25
David Farrell

No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1979oh231_rpw018  
1979-05-03
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Cleanth Brooks  
1979oh247_rpw019  
1978-05-10
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1979oh268_rpw020  
1979-09-28
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
John L. Stewart  
1980oh028_rpw021  
1979-12-27
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1980oh045_rpw022  
1980-03-07
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Harold Bloom  
1980oh066_rpw023  
1980-05-05
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
William Styron  
1980oh067_rpw024  
1980-05-05
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1980oh068_rpw025  
1980-05-04
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Saul Bellow  
1980oh115_rpw026  
1980-05-15
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Eric Bentley  
1980oh123_rpw027  
1980-06-25
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Mary Wyvell  
1980oh183_rpw029  
1980-10-21
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Audrey H. Parrish  
1980oh184_rpw030  
1980-10-21
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Brenda Ueland  
1980oh198_rpw031  
1980-12-08
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Rosalind Pflaum  
Leo Pflaum  
1980oh199_rpw032  
1980-12-08
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Northrop Beach  
1980oh200_rpw033  
1980-12-09
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Isabella Gardner  
1981oh004_rpw034  
1981-01-08
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1981oh005_rpw035  
1981-01-10
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Elizabeth W. Brown  
Huntington Brown  
1981oh007_rpw036  
1980-10-20
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Brustein  
1981oh026_rpw037  
1981-02-23
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Peter Davison  
1981oh027_rpw038  
1981-02-23
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Richard Eberhart  
1981oh028_rpw039  
1981-02-26
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Matthew Bruccoli  
1981oh055_rpw040  
1981-05-13
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
James Dickey  
1981oh056_rpw041  
1981-05-13
Susan E. Allen
Online
No restrictions
John Hollander  
1981oh067_rpw042  
1981-05-12
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Penn Warren  
1981oh068_rpw043  
1981-05-12
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions
Francis Steegmuller  
1981oh069_rpw044  
1981-05-14
David Farrell
Online
No restrictions

  

  

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