Robert Penn Warren

Born in 1905 in Kentucky, educated at Vanderbilt University, the University of California, and Yale University, a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, ROBERT PENN WARREN made his literary debut as a member of the "Fugitive" group of young Southern poets. Since then, he has taken his place as one of America's most multi-faceted leading men of letters. As editor of the Southern Review, he deeply influenced the development of Southern writing. As critic, teacher and anthologist, he has played an imortant role in American higher education. Above all, however, his name will endure as a poet and a novelist whose works have been accorded a rare combination of critical and popular recognition. He has been awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Bollingen Prize for poetry, to name but two highlights of a career graced with honors.