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All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren

438 pages 2nd edition (September 1996)
Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0156004801

Jack Burden is the former newspaperman who learns from Gov. Willie Stark the extent to which flowers grow in manure and that good in man's fallen state must come from evil. Based on the life of Huey Long, Stark is one of the greatest of American literary creations. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1947.

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August 18, 1946

Dr. Adam Stanton's Dilemma

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

In 1935, the year that Huey Long was shot and killed, Robert Penn Warren, a distinguished poet and associate professor at the University of Louisiana, began editing The Southern Review with Cleanth Brooks. It was one of the best and purest literary quarterlies in the United States, and it was paid for by a brilliant and unscrupulous vulgarian who had imposed a naked dictatorship of fraud and force on the State of Louisiana, and who was now reaching out, through undercover alliances and Share-the-Wealth Clubs, for national power. [read more]


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