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Natasha Trethewey named poet laureate

Natasha Trethewey named poet laureate

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Library of Congress said Thursday Natasha Trethewey has been appointed poet laureate for 2012-13.

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'King's Men' to premiere at Toronto fest

TORONTO, July 7 (UPI) -- A remake of the 1949 film "All the King's Men" starring Sean Penn will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Sony reschedules 'All the King's Men'

LOS ANGELES, April 13 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures' "All the King's Men" starring Sean Penn finally has a release date for U.S. theaters.

Sean Penn taking a few years off

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Sean Penn said he is taking several years off to rest after the exhaustion he experienced working on his latest film, "All the King's Men."

Meryl Streep drops out of 'Men'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Meryl Streep has dropped out of the movie version of Robert Penn Warren's novel "All the King's Men," Daily Variety said Tuesday.

Jude Law in 'King's Men' remake

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- Jude Law will star in the upcoming remake of the 1949 Best Picture Oscar winner "All the King's Men," the Hollywood Reporter said Friday. Law will play Jack Burden, the journalist who is taken in by the populist Southern politician Willie Stark, a charact
Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He founded the influential literary journal The Southern Review with Cleanth Brooks in 1935. He received the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for his novel All the King's Men (1946) and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1958 and 1979. He is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.

Warren was born in Guthrie, Kentucky, which is almost on the exact TN-KY state line, to Robert Warren and Anna Penn. Warren's mother's family had roots in Virginia, having given their name to the community of Penn's Store in Patrick County, Virginia. Robert Penn Warren graduated from Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University in 1925 and the University of California, Berkeley in 1926. Warren later attended Yale University and obtained his B. Litt. as a Rhodes Scholar from New College, Oxford, in England in 1930. He also received a Guggenheim Fellowship to study in Italy during the rule of Benito Mussolini. That same year he began his teaching career at Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) in Memphis, Tennessee.

While still an undergraduate at Vanderbilt, Warren 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 "The Briar Patch" to the Agrarian manifesto I'll Take My Stand along with 11 other Southern writers and poets (including fellow Vanderbilt poet/critics John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Donald Davidson). In "The Briar Patch" the young Warren defends racial segregation, in line with the traditionalist conservative political leanings of the Agrarian group, although Davidson deemed Warren's stances in the essay so progressive that he argued for excluding it from the collection. However, Warren recanted these views in an article on the Civil Rights Movement, "Divided South Searches Its Soul", which appeared in the July 9, 1956 issue of Life magazine. A month later, Warren published an expanded version of the article as a small book titled Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South. He subsequently adopted a high profile as a supporter of racial integration. In 1965, he published Who Speaks for the Negro?, a collection of interviews with black civil rights leaders including Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, thus further distinguishing his political leanings from the more conservative philosophies associated with fellow Agrarians such as Tate, Cleanth Brooks, and particularly Davidson. Warren's interviews with civil rights leaders are at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky.

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