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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And the prose flowed; so easy to read. - Goodreads
Very slow start, but wow - what a development of plot! - Goodreads
Such wonderful writing. - Goodreads
An exceptional story with vivid character development. - Goodreads
The plot itself was also boring and confusing at times. - Goodreads
This book has amazing imagery. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sean Robbins - Goodreads

An exceptional story with vivid character development. Warren's writing style can get a bit weary at moments with exquisite detail and run-on sentences but the its assets more than make up for this minor inconvenience. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Sullivan - Goodreads

Good prose...an American tragedy...well written...liked the story and the tale of the metamorphosis of a man...from well-meaning to power corrupting completely 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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