Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project


Series ID: 
RPW001
Description: 
Robert Penn Warren (1905--1989), a native of Guthrie, Kentucky, 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.
Master Type: 
Audio
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Interviews included in this Project:
Interviewee(s) Interview Date Call Number Interviewer Restrictions Access
Robert Penn Warren October 6th, 1977 1977OH075 RPW 001 David Farrell No Restrictions
Bruce Denbo December 14th, 1977 1977OH106 RPW 002 David Farrell No Restrictions
John Ervin January 25th, 1978 1978OH003 RPW 003 David Farrell No Restrictions
Leonard Unger January 25th, 1978 1978OH004 RPW 004 David Farrell No Restrictions
Louis D. Rubin March 22nd, 1978 1978OH013 RPW 005 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Richard Lewis March 22nd, 1978 1978OH014 RPW 006 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Victor H. Strandberg March 23rd, 1978 1978OH015 RPW 007 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Doris Foster, Charles H. March 27th, 1978 1978OH016 RPW 008 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Samuel Holt Monk March 28th, 1978 1978OH017 RPW 009 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren May 9th, 1978 1978OH034 RPW 010 David Farrell No Restrictions
Arnold S. Stein June 22nd, 1978 1978OH062 RPW 011 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Mary O'Connor August 3rd, 1978 1978OH117 RPW 012 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Heilman August 4th, 1978 1978OH118 RPW 013 David Farrell No Restrictions
Rene Wellek November 21st, 1978 1978OH161 RPW 014 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren November 7th, 1978 1978OH172 RPW 015 David Farrell No Restrictions
John Palmer January 24th, 1979 1979OH058 RPW 016 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren January 25th, 1979 1979OH059 RPW 017 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren May 3rd, 1979 1979OH231 RPW 018 David Farrell No Restrictions
Cleanth Brooks May 10th, 1978 1979OH247 RPW 019 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren September 28th, 1979 1979OH268 RPW 020 David Farrell No Restrictions
John L. Stewart December 27th, 1979 1980OH028 RPW 021 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren March 7th, 1980 1980OH045 RPW 022 David Farrell No Restrictions
Harold Bloom May 5th, 1980 1980OH066 RPW 023 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
William Styron May 5th, 1980 1980OH067 RPW 024 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren May 4th, 1980 1980OH068 RPW 025 David Farrell No Restrictions
Saul Bellow May 15th, 1980 1980OH115 RPW 026 David Farrell No Restrictions
Eric Bentley June 25th, 1980 1980OH123 RPW 027 David Farrell No Restrictions
Mary Wyvell October 21st, 1980 1980OH183 RPW 029 David Farrell No Restrictions
Audrey H. Parrish October 21st, 1980 1980OH184 RPW 030 David Farrell No Restrictions
Brenda Ueland December 8th, 1980 1980OH198 RPW 031 David Farrell No Restrictions
Rosalind Pflaum December 8th, 1980 1980OH199 RPW 032 David Farrell No Restrictions
Northrop Beach December 9th, 1980 1980OH200 RPW 033 David Farrell No Restrictions
Isabella Gardner January 8th, 1981 1981OH004 RPW 034 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren January 10th, 1981 1981OH005 RPW 035 David Farrell No Restrictions
Elizabeth W. Brown October 20th, 1980 1981OH007 RPW 036 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Brustein February 23rd, 1981 1981OH026 RPW 037 David Farrell No Restrictions
Peter Davison February 23rd, 1981 1981OH027 RPW 038 David Farrell No Restrictions
Richard Eberhart February 26th, 1981 1981OH028 RPW 039 David Farrell No Restrictions
Matthew Bruccoli May 13th, 1981 1981OH055 RPW 040 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
James Dickey May 13th, 1981 1981OH056 RPW 041 Susan E. Allen No Restrictions
John Hollander May 12th, 1981 1981OH067 RPW 042 David Farrell No Restrictions
Robert Penn Warren May 12th, 1981 1981OH068 RPW 043 David Farrell No Restrictions
Francis Steegmuller May 14th, 1981 1981OH069 RPW 044 David Farrell No Restrictions
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