Robert Penn Warren
Author Robert Penn Warren was born on April 24, 1905, in Guthrie, Kentucky.
The grandson of Confederate Civil War veterans, Warren grew up listening to their tales about the war, providing him with a rich history that would later influence his writing. When he was 15, Warren prepared to go to the US Naval Academy, but his brother accidentally hit him in the eye with a stone, leaving him nearly blind in that eye. In later years, Warren said he was ashamed that he couldn’t serve in the military because of his injury, but it led him down the path to becoming an accomplished author.