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(April 24, 1905-September 15, 1989) Born in Guthrie, Kentucky. At Vanderbilt, from which he graduated in 1925, helped to found magazine The Fugitive; later attended University of California (1925-27), Yale (1927), and New College, Oxford, as Rhodes scholar (1928-30). Taught at Southwestern College (1930), Vanderbilt (1931-34), Louisiana State University (1934-40), University of Iowa (1941-42), University of Minnesota (1942-49), Yale (1950-55; 1962-73), and Hunter College (1974). Appointed Poet Laureate consultant in poetry to Library of Congress, 1986. Died in West Wardsboro, Vermont. Author of almost 50 books, including novels and short fiction (Night Rider, 1939; At Heaven's Gate, 1943; All the King's Men, 1946; Blackberry Winter, 1946; The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories, 1947; World Enough and Time, 1950; Band of Angels, 1955; The Cave, 1959; The Gods of Mount Olympus, 1959; Wilderness: A Tale of the Civil War, 1961; Flood: A Romance of Our Time, 1964; Meet Me in the Green Glen, 1971; and A Place to Come To, 1977); poetry (including Promises: Poems 1954-56, 1957 and Now and Then: Poems 1976-1978, 1978, both winners of Pulitzer Prize and the former winning National Book Award, and the posthumous Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren, 1998); nonfiction (John Brown: The Making of a Martyr, 1929; Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South, 1956; Remember the Alamo!, 1958; Selected Essays, 1958; The Legacy of the Civil War: Meditations on the Centennial, 1961; Who Speaks for the Negro?, 1965; Homage to Theodore Dreiser, 1971; Democracy and Poetry, 1975; and New and Selected Essays, 1989); and plays (Proud Flesh, 1947; All the King's Men, 1960; Ballad of a Sweet Dream of Peace: An Easter Charade, 1981).