Warren, Robert Penn
- Charles Bohner
Warren, Robert Penn (24 April 1905–15 September 1989), author and educator, was born in Guthrie, Kentucky, the son of Robert Franklin Warren, a businessman, and Anna Ruth Penn, a schoolteacher. Throughout Warren’s childhood on a Kentucky tobacco farm he heard tales of the Civil War from his grandfathers, both of whom had fought for the Confederacy. These stories provided a rich source of memories and images that, he later remarked, nurtured his art. The shaping influence of this southern heritage is inescapable in any consideration of Warren’s life. Although he left the South for good when he was thirty-seven years old, he never left it in spirit, and much of his artistic energy was expended in an effort to reconcile his loyalty to the region with the claims of modernism....