Welcome to this website honoring the life and works of . . .

Robert Penn Warren

1905 - 1989

1905 - 1989

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New Book by Joe Millichap
New Book by  James A. Perkins
New Book by Dr. Patricia Bradley
New Book by Randolph Paul Runyon
Book - RPW Talking
All the Kings Men - 3 Versions
RPW - A Documentary Volume
RPW, Critic, by Charlotte Beck
Flood - New Edition
Brother to Dragons
Errata-Collected Poems
The Fugitive Legacy
About the Center for RPW Studies
RPW Center -Committee & Advisory Group
An Annual of RPW Studies
Commemorative Stamp
Kent Greenfield
Warren-Brooks Award
RPW Library-WKU
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"Flood shows, at times brilliantly, how [the nature of joy] may be an overwhelming threat to a man afflicted with self-doubt."YALE REVIEW

"As always, Warren is extremely skillful at making all the cogs and parts of his story run together as he moves continuously and deftly...between the present and the past."ATLANTIC MONTHLY


by Robert Penn Warren

Coming from

LSU Press, Baton Rouge 70803


September 2003

"Ambitious...broad...compassionate...and intelligent."THE NEW REPUBLIC

"Ingenious....Warren tells a complicated story and tells it in a complicated way, with many flashbacks and constant changes in point of view, but he is always in control....[He] knows how to write and how to put a novel together."▬SATURDAY REVIEW

       Originally published in 1963, this powerful novel spools a rewarding, dramatic storyline while it probes the deeper philosophical search for self-definition in modern life and the symbolic demise of the agrarian South from technological progress.  Flood begins with the arrival of two men in a small Tennessee town―Brad Tolliver, long absent native son and successful screenwriter, and Yasha Jones, famous director and stranger to the region. Their purpose is to create a great film about the town, which will soon vanish when the massive dam being built downriver is completed. The town's inhabitants come vividly to life as past and present forces prepare them for a climactic new beginning to their world.


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