by Robert Penn Warren
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, All the King’s Men documents the political life of Willie Stark, an idealist who is seduced and corrupted by the temptations of elected power. Based on a real 1930s Louisiana politician, the book is the magnum opus of America’s first Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren.
This book is not available in electronic form, so I will read a physical copy for the project. I obtained a used paperback “Fiftieth Anniversary Edition” copy of the book, although it was clear from thumbing through the pages and looking at the edge wear that the previous owner only made it a few pages into Chapter 1. All the King’s Men is 438 pages long.
- [Book] All the King’s Men on Wikipedia
- [Author] Robert Penn Warren on Wikipedia
- [Person] Huey Long, the real-life inspiration for the book’s central character, Willie Stark, on Wikipedia
- [Media] All the King’s Men, the 2006 film adaptation, with an all-star cast, on IMDB
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