Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren

Fellow: Awarded 1939

Field of Study: Fiction

Fellow: Awarded 1947

Field of Study: Fiction

Competition: US & Canada

Website: http://www.robertpennwarren.com/biography.htm

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1939–40:

WARREN, ROBERT PENN:  Appointed for creative writing in the field of the novel; tenure, twelve months from June 1, 1939.

Born April 24, 1905, at Guthrie, Kentucky.  Education:  Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1925; University of California, M.A., 1927; Yale University, 1927–28; University of Oxford, B.Litt., 1930 (Rhodes Scholar, New College).

Assistant Professor of English, 1930–31, Southwestern College; Acting Assistant Professor of English, 1931–34, Vanderbilt University; Assistant Professor of English, 1934–36, Associate Professor, 1936—, Louisiana State University. Visiting Lecturer, University of Montana, Summer, 1935; University of Colorado Writers Conference, Summers, 1935, 1936. Managing Editor, Southern Review.

Publications:  John Brown: The Making of a Martyr, 1929; Thirty-Six Poems, 1935; An Approach to Literature (with Cleanth Brooks and John T. Purser), 1936; Understanding Poetry (with Cleanth Brooks), 1938; Night Rider, 1939.  Essays, short stories and poems in Poetry, New Republic, Nation, Scribner’s Magazine, Saturday Review of Literature, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, American Review, This Quarter, Fugitive, The Magazine, Southwest Review, Kenyon Review, Purpose.  Contributor to Fugitives: An Anthology of Verse, 1927; The American Caravan, I and IV; Modern American and British Poetry (Fifth Edition), 1936; Who Owns America? 1936; Literary Opinion in America, 1937; The New Republic Anthology, 1937; A Southern Harvest, 1937; O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories, 1938; Best Short Stories of 1938, and 1939.

AWARDS WON

Poet Laureate, 1944-45, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, 1986-87
National Book, Poetry, 1958
Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1947; Poetry, 1958, 1979