!!> Epub ➟ All the King’s Men ➞ Author Robert Penn Warren – Gd.thesummitvanuatu.co.uk Home All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren10 on All the King’s Men , 10 thoughts on “All the King’s Men” Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud Robert Penn WarrenRobert Penn Warren is the only person to win the Pulitzer prize for fiction as well as poetry He won the prize for fiction in 1946 for this very book If you are lucky enough to have a great aunt who reads, and bought a lot of books in the 1940s, you might take a gander at her books some time and see if she has a first edition, first printing of this book in her library First edition, First printing of the 1946 editionDepending on the condition of the dust jacket a true first will bring anywhere from 2,000 to 7,000 It will be up to you if you decide to liberate the book, tucking it under your shirt, and sneaking it out with the paper bag of home made oatmeal cookies she always sends you home with If you are not a natural felon you might just say hey auntie couldn t you tuck this in a safety deposit box and put my name on it The last time I was in New Orleans they were shooting the new movie version of All the King s Men We sat in a little cafe across from where they were setting up a shoot hoping for a glimpse of one of the marquee actors involved in the production No luck, just film crew people bustling around tr... Reply Compelling, overstuffed, overplotted, sexist, labyrinthine, poetic, atmospheric To me this book s status as The Great American Political Novel seems like a terrific bitter joke, because the author s vision of politics is comprised entirely of blackmail, physical intimidation, pork barreling, rabble rousing, nepotism, bribery, rigged elections, and hilariously contrived family values photo shoots I love the scene where a photographer and two aides attempt to wrestle a comatose, foul smelling dog into position for a shot of the dog leaping up to greet its beloved master, the Governor I would place this novel in the Philosophical Potboiler genre together with East of Eden and Sophie s Choice There are lengthy meditations on the Human Condition, the nature of History, the problem of Free Will, the Original Sin of slavery as a hereditary taint corrupting the southern upper class, etc woven among scenes featuring such archetypes as the Angelic Woman Anne Stanton , the Demonic Woman Sadie Burke, and Cass Mastern s mistress , the Saintly Aesthete and Crypto Homosexual Adam Stanton , the Seductive Mother, the Colonel Sanders With a Secret Judge Irwin , and What s Bred in the Bone Coming Out in the Flesh Tom Stark, the embodiment of his father s egoism and brutality In the ran... Reply This was a wonderful book I listened to it on Audible, but it was so well written that I have ordered hard copy as well The story of Willie Stark and Jack Burden which are the same story as the narrator says is both poignant and realistic Seen through the cynical and poetic eyes of Burden, the Southern cronyism of Huey Long is parodied here and honestly reminds me of recent and current American political history The writing is absolutely spectacular Penn Warren is the only person ever to win Pulitzers for both Fiction and Poetry and even his prose here is chock full of vivid images and analogies I loved all the characters Sugarboy, Ann and Adam Stanton, the Judge, Jack s mother, Sadieeach one is perfectly crafted even when they are somewhat one dimensional, there is still humanity in each of them The one negative is the use of the n word, but I suppose that Jack would have spoken this way and that back in 46 when it was writte... Reply All the King s Men Robert Penn Warren s Spider Web This Novel was chosen as a group read by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for July 2012 and again in October,2014. It all began, as I have said, when the Boss, sitting in the black Cadillac which sped through the night, said to me to Me who was what Jack Burden, the student of history, had grown up to be There is always something And I said, Maybe not on the Judge And he said, Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud There is always something There is always something, even on the Judge Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark, John Ireland as Jack Burden, and Adam Greenleaf as Judge Stanton from the 1949 film The film changed the identity of Judge Irwin to Judge Stanton A slight problem with the object of Jack s romance. First Edition, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1946If you re expecting a fictional recounting that serves as a short cut to T Harry William s masterful biography of Huey Long this isn t it But Williams does have something to say that pointedly echoes the themes Robert Penn Warren wove into a masterpiece of American politics I believe that some men, men of power, can influence the course of history ... Reply All the King s Men is one of my favorite books, and I find it hard to write about my favorite books When you are swept away by something a book, a movie, a girl all objectivity tends to disappear Instead of pointed analysis, cold eyed criticism, and thoughtful chin stroking, there is gushing and platitudes and hyperbole In fact, instead of writing a review, I prefer to strip naked and run around the block screaming Robert Penn Warren s many virtues.Okay, I m back There are a lot of great books, and movies, and sandwiches floating about the world I ve read plenty of great books, seen plenty of great movies, and eaten plenty of awesome sandwiches, but only a few ten, to be exact make the personal top ten lists I carry around in my head It s all a question of context, as seen by the following equation Quality Work of Art Context in Which You Experience Said Art All Time Favorite Work of Art It s hard to be objective about art that touches us deeply and profoundly, and not just because it is great art, but because we found it or it found us at a particular moment in time when we were most receptive to it, or when we needed it most I suppose it s the way parents feel about their children, or I feel about my Chia Pet Total, unconditional, critic proof adoration.I was readin... Reply Robert Penn Warren s, All the Kings Men won the 1947 Pulitzer prize, and could also have won that prize in the next three years Is this 400 pages of poetic prose or a great epic prosaic poem This work would make a great primer for college English lit majors, I think Warren used every literary device and may have made up some And like so many master performances of art or sport, he makes it look effortless, he makes it look easy This was like watching Joe DiMaggio glide across the outfield or Ted Williams at the plate, or Led Zeppelin on stage, this was swaggering virtuosity Telling the fictionalized account of Huey Long, Warren goes on to create the great American novel Though the setting is politics, the book is not really about politics, the political stage is just a vehicle by which Warren explores a multi layered, complicated series of thematic, interwoven observations on Western Civilization, and particularly our American chapter in that ... Reply At first glance, Willie Stark seems like he would have been the perfect Tea Party candidate He uses fiery rhetoric to stir up crowds by claiming to be just like them and that he s going to bust the heads of those evil ole politicians at the state house to force them the straighten up and do things the right way But on the other hand, Willie actually knows something about government and uses his tactics to improve the lives of poor people by taxing the wealthy and using that money to do things like improve roads and provide free health care so maybe he wouldn t fit in with Sarah Palin after all.This classic novel tells the story of Willie Stark through the eyes of Jack Burden Jack came from a privileged background but eventually turned his back on that life and became a cynical political newspaper reporter in an unnamed corrupt southern state When Jack first meets Stark, he thinks of him as Cousin Willie from the country because of his rube manner Stark is a smart, hardworking and principled county commissioner, but he gets in over his head when he tries to award a government contract to the actual best bid and the corrupt politicians trash him for it.Then Stark is tricked into running for governor by the state political machine to split the rural vote and make sure that the party favorite wins Stark had been getting nowhere with his carefully planned speeches that patiently explained needed changes to the ta... Reply King of Pain Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South They re inexpensive and easy to procure. Robert Penn WarrenRobert Penn Warren had been teaching at LSU for about a year prior to the 1935 assassination of U.S Sen Huey P Long La , nicknamed Kingfish, the populist and crooked 42 yr old senator and former Louisiana governor, on whom his novel is loosely based The title comes from Long s motto, Every Man a King, and a Humpty Dumpty verse.The story follows the political rise and fall of the fictional Willie Stark, who came from modest roots as a small town lawyer and made it into office as a populist before the Depression, to be elected twice as governor of a Southern state Warren left references to location intentionally vague, even throwing in red herrings about coming in from the beach at a close by vacation home Louisiana has lakes, but no beaches it s oceanfront the wetlands leading into the Gulf of Mexico.Jack Burden, the novel s narrator, was a former newspaper columnist and history student before becoming Governor Stark s right hand man He is exceedingly dispassionate as a bystander and participant in the ongoing tragedy, and remains so despite watching the tragedy unfold and suffering two epic ... Reply Meaning to do good, Willie Stark rises from self educated lawyer to political bigwig and eventually governor Along the way he loses his moral compass and develops a taste for power, resorting to bullying, bribery, blackmail whatever it takes to get what he wants.Willie does manage to help some of his constituents, taxing the wealthy to provide schools and hospitals for the poor But he also betrays his wife raises a selfish, self absorbed son corrupts good people and eventually reaps the consequences of his actions.Willie s story is told by Jack Burden, a journalist who signs on to be Willie s right hand man Thinking of himself as essentially a good guy Jack believes he s only doing his job when he betrays some of his closest friends at Willie s behest.I gave the book 4 stars rather than 5 because the philosophical rantings of some characters was tedious and incomprehensible to me Overall... Reply First off, I would nominate this book as one highly in need of a much improved cover design That being said, it perfectly fits the old adage about judging a book by it s mundane cover I love it when a book surprises me and the dread of reading it club choice turns into excitement The back page blurb praises it as a Pulitzer Prize winner following the political career of Willie Stark, a fictional character loosely based on that of Huey Kingfish Long a post Depression Era Louisiana governor Stark who starts out as a refreshingly idealistic man of the people ultimately ends up caught in a web of the corruption often associated with power So yes, it s a precautionary tale, but perhaps even about the life of Jack Burden, a sort of every man who works for Stark in a holding it all together capacity and learns a lot of life lessons the hard way Though cited on the cover as THE definitive novel about American Politics NYTimes I was happy to find it is written in a descriptive old classic format which makes it truly an enjoyable read If you read it remember it was published in 1946, as it is very filled with characters who have stereotypical notions of the time meaning racist and very sexist including our narrator who though interesting enough, is not always easy to like Anyway to my total surprise , I m giving this book a five star rating and thanking whomever it was who chose this as an April Selection for On The Souther... 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