Robert Penn Warren (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren 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 literary journal The Southern Review with Cleanth Brooks in 1935. He received the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for All the King’s Men 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.

Born: April 24, 1905, Guthrie, Kentucky, US
Died: September 15, 1989, Stratton, Vermont, US
Occupation: Writer, critic
Nationality: American
Alma mater: Vanderbilt University, University of California at Berkeley, Oxford University, Yale University
Genre: Poetry, novels
Notable awards: Robert Frost Medal (1985)
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About Robert Penn Warren

An acclaimed Southern writer, he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1946 novel, All the King’s Men. Two of his poetry collections, Promises (1958) and Now and Then (1979), won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Before Fame

He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1925 and went on to study at the University of California-Berkeley, Yale, and Oxford. He published his first literary work, John Brown: The Making of a Martyr, in 1929.


He served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1944-1945.

Family Life

He and his two siblings were born in Guthrie, Todd County, Kentucky, to banker Robert Franklin Warren and teacher Anna Ruth Penn Warren. He was married twice: to Emma Brescia Warren and Eleanor Clark. He and Clark became parents to two children: Rosanna Phelps Warren and Gabriel Penn Warren.


His bestselling novel, All the King’s Men, was adapted into many stage and screen productions, including a 2006 film starring Sean Penn.

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  • Pulitzer Prize for the Novel winners
  • American Poets Laureate
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  • Writers of American Southern literature
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  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
  • Vanderbilt University alumni

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