Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren
Volume Three Triumph and Transition, 1943-1952
Publication Date: January 2006
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This collection of largely previously unpublished letters and newly discovered material provides an indispensable glimpse of Robert Penn Warren, the writer and the man. It documents Warren's time at the University of Minnesota, his writing and publication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men, his appointment as Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, and his divorce from Emma "Cinina" Brescia and subsequent marriage to the writer Eleanor Clark. The period 1943-52 also saw the publication of "A Poem of Pure Imagination"; World Enough and Time; The Ballad of Billie Potts; At Heaven's Gate; and Selected Poems, 1923-1943. Warren's letters shed new light on those works, on his close relationship with his editors, and on his collaboration on the movie production of All the King's Men, which received the Academy Award for best picture in 1949. His ever-widening influence on the literary world is clearly shown. Thoroughly annotated and scrupulously researched, Volume Three captures Warren in an extraordinary phase in his life and career, making many commitments at once yet pursuing them all with a seemingly boundless energy.