All the King's Men

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1982 - Fiction - 438 pages
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"Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Robert Penn Warren's tale of ambition and power set in the Depression–era South is widely considered the finest novel ever written about American politics.


All the King's Men traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character loosely based on Governor Huey ""Kingfish"" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power, culminating in a novel that Sinclair Lewis pronounced, on the book's release in 1946, “one of our few national galleries of character."

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One of my favorite books of all time. And, one of the most important works of fiction of the 20th Century. This book has it all - it makes a person think, and the story moves well (though not always ... Read full review

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Rated: A+ As a poet, Robert Penn Warren fictional novel is filled with rich descriptions. But it is his intertwining plot lines that always reveal the unexpected. I rate this book in the top 10 ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

Robert Penn Warren (1905a 1989) won three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award, the National Medal for Literature, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986 he was named the country's first poet laureate.

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