Described by Louis Rubin as “one of those rare books that make their appeal both to the intellectual and to the popular reader,” Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1947. With its memorable characters and powerful prose, Warren's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel raises profound questions about morality both in and out of the political arena. We will consider the literary and historical background of this novel and watch snippets from the two movie adaptations; however, most of class time will be spent examining the text. We shall read and discuss this hefty novel in weekly chunks; optional articles and videos will be posted on the course website. Warren's novel is one that rewards close readings and rereading and cannot help but generate impassioned discussions -- come add your voice. For further information, see http://robertpennwarrenolli.weebly.com Facilitated Discussion, Viewing Videos
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