Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 - September 15, 1989) was an American poet and writer.
He was born in Guthrie, Kentucky and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1925 and the University of California, Berkeley in 1926. He later attended Yale University and obtained his B. Litt. at Oxford University in England in 1930.
Penn Warren won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for his best known work, the novel All the King's Men. He won Pulitzer Prizes in poetry in 1958 for Promises: Poems 1954-1956, and in 1979 for Now and Then. All the King's Men became a very successful film in 1949.
In 1981, Warren was selected as a MacArthur Fellow and later was named as the first U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on February 26, 1986.
While still an undergraduate at Vanderbilt, he became associated with the group of poets there known as the Fugitives, and somewhat later, during the early 1930s, Warren and some of the same writers formed a group known as the Southern Agrarians. He contributed to the Agrarian manifesto I'll Take My Stand along with 11 other Southern writers and poets.
In 2001 All the King's Men was named as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the editorial board of the American Modern Library.
All the King's Men (1946)
Promises: Poems (1954 – 1956)
Now and Then