37¢ Robert Penn Warren
Literary Arts Series
Issue Date: April 22, 2005
City: Guthrie, KY
Printed By: American Packaging Corporation for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10.75
Born in Kentucky, Robert Penn Warren (1905-89) was a novelist, poet, and literary critic. Memories and images of his Southern heritage helped shape his art.
Warren entered college in 1921, intending to study engineering. However, once he was there, Warren met several poets, like Allen Tate and John Crowe Ransom, who had a strong influence on him. By the time Warren graduated in 1925, he had decided to be a writer.
Warren earned a master’s degree at the University of California and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Back in the U.S. in 1930, he began a long and distinguished teaching career at several universities.
One of the best poets of his generation, Warren was more famous for his novels about the South. His works explore the interaction of past and present, the search for individual identity, and the nature of evil. His book All the King’s Men follows the rise and fall of a ruthless Southern politician. It is the most widely read of all his works and won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Two books of Warren’s poetry, Promises: Poems, 1954-1956 and Now and Then: Poems, 1976-1978, also won Pulitzer Prizes. In 1985, he was appointed the first U.S. Poet Laureate. The Robert Penn Warren stamp is the 21st issue of the Literary Arts Series.