SC 10.4-Front Porch 10/28/04 8:18 AM Page 1 Robert Penn Warren is one of the unquestioned giants of twentieth-century southern culture. Poet, novelist, and reporter, he emerged as a younger member of the “Fugitive” group at Vanderbilt University in the 1920s, who did much to introduce America to modernist literature and became renowned leaders of the “southern renaissance” in American letters. We are deeply fortunate that William R. Ferris interviewed “Red” Warren before his death in 1989 and shares the tran- script of that conversation in this issue. Like the rest of Bill’s work, it is a charming, wide-ranging conversation, mov- ing broadly over Warren’s life, his early years as a poet, his decision to try ﬁction, the people he knew, including other giants like John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Eudora Welty, and Katherine Anne Porter. One of the few subjects he does not mention is All the King’s Men, his best known novel, which chronicles the career of Willie Stark, the ﬁctional counterpart of Louisiana’s notorious governor, Huey above: In 1987 William R. Ferris (left) met with famed poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren (right). The result was a memorable interview. Photograph by Moira Egan, courtesy of the
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 18, 2004
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