All the King's Men

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Harcourt, 2002 - Fiction - 656 pages
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Winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize, All the King's Men is one of the most famous and widely read works in American fiction. It traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Talos, a fictional Southern politician who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Talos begins his career as an idealistic man of the people, but he soon becomes corrupted by success and caught in a lust for power. All the King's Men is as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.
Robert Penn Warren's masterpiece has been restored by literary scholar Noel Polk, whose work on the texts of William Faulkner has proved so important to American literature. Polk presents the novel as it was originally written, revealing even greater complexity and subtlety of character. All the King's Men is a landmark in letters.

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Warren's prose is elegant and lyrical. - Goodreads
Warren's writing is beautifully engaging. - Goodreads
This is American story telling at its finest. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lorraine Ray - Goodreads

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel opens with spectacular writing,which is both modern and fascinating. The pace interested me and I was enthused about the book, however, I have to say the plot ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Freeman - Goodreads

Like a locomotive "All the King's Men" roared into my life, changed my view of the potential of fiction and burned the name Robert Penn Warren into my brain forever. A powerful story told in sparkling ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), America's first Poet Laureate, won three Pulitzer Prizes and virtually every other major award given to American writers.

Noel Polk is a professor of American Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi and he lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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