The Cloberth‘s Today’s Memory
Robert Penn Warren’s birthday
Originally shared by The Cloberth
“Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.”
Born in Guthrie, Kentucky on this date in 1905, American writer Robert Penn Warren. Warren attended high school in Clarksville, Tennessee and graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1925. He did graduate work at both U. C. Berkeley and Yale, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
While studying at Vanderbilt, he published in the The Fugitive, an important and influential literary journal. In his youth a defender of segregation, Warren later, in the mid-1950s, recanted his views publicly in a Life magazine article about the Civil Rights Movement. In 1965 he published interviews with significant African-American leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King in his book Who Speaks for the Negro?.
A poet, essayist, and novelist, Warren’s great notoriety is for his 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning book All the King’s Men. He was Poet Laureate from 1944-1945, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
Biography and more:
1946 review of All the King’s Men: