"Educator, literary critic, editor, essayist, novelist, poet, and playwright. Warren will be remembered as one of twentieth-century America's most prolific and influential writers. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner (once for fiction and twice for poetry) and first official United States poet laureate, Warren achieved widespread fame for his 1946 book All the King's Men, the fictionalized account of the political career of former Louisiana populist governor Huey Long. Originally drafted as a play titled "Proud Flesh," the book sold three million copies and has been translated into twenty languages. The screen adaptation of the story won an Academy Award in 1948." - from POWER Library, Contemporary Authors
May 7 - Going After Cacciatoby Tim O’Brien. Borrow the book from the Library System or from the Library Office.
Dr. Karen Weekes is an Associate Professor of English at Penn State University, Abington College. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary American and world literature, women’s writing, and graphic memoir and other non-traditional modes of autobiography. Winner of many awards, her most recent is Outstanding Advising/Mentoring Award for Penn State Abington. She is the founder of the Society for Contemporary Literature and has enjoyed leading or participating in book groups for many years.
Described by Newsweek reviewer Annalyn Swan as "America's dean of letters and, in all but name, poet laureate," Robert Penn Warren was among the last surviving members of a major literary movement that emerged in the South shortly after World War I. A distinguished poet, novelist, critic, and teacher, he won virtually every major award given to writers in the United States and was the only person to receive a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction (once) and poetry (twice). He also achieved a measure of commercial success that eludes many other serious artists. In short, as Hilton Kramer once observed in the New York Times Book Review, Warren "has enjoyed the best of both worlds.... Few other writers in our history have labored with such consistent distinction and such unflagging energy in so many separate branches of the literary profession. He is a man of letters on the old-fashioned, outsize scale, and everything he writes is stamped with the passion and the embattled intelligence of a man for whom the art of literature is inseparable from the most fundamental imperatives of life."