All the King's Men
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All the King's Men

By (author) Robert Penn Warren , Volume editor Noel Polk

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Robert Penn Warren's masterpiece has been restored by literary scholar Noel Polk, to present the novel as it was originally written, revealing even greater complexity and subtlety of character. It traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Talos, a fictional politician who resembles the real life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Talos begins his career as an idealistic man of the people, but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught in a lust for power.

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 35.56mm | 612.35g
  • 19 Dec 2002
  • Harcourt Brace International
  • Orlando
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0156012952
  • 9780156012959
  • 182,285

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Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), America's first Poet Laureate, won three Pulitzer Prizes and virtually every other major award given to American writers.

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"The original editors adjusted the novel to the tastes of the times, but now we can read it as it was written. The result is a more complicated and emotionally charged - and longer - story." -Chicago Tribune

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"A fully restored American political classic. . . . Now we can read it as it was written." --"Chicago Tribune" Winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize, "All the King's Men" is one of the most famous and widely read works in American literature, and as relevant today as it was fifty years ago. Now it has been fully restored and reintroduced by literary scholar Noel Polk, textual editor of the works of William Faulkner. Polk presents the novel as it was originally written, revealing even greater energy, excitement, complexity, and subtlety of character in this landmark of letters. "[Polk] should be commended for this restored edition of Warren's great novel. . . . Deeply imagined, beautifully written, ["All the King's Men"] is both a reckoning with the deepest forces of life and an edge-of-your seat page-turner."--"The Raleigh News and Observer" "To read ["All the King's Men"] in this new edition is to be struck again by its raw power, its urgency and relevance."--"New Orleans Times-Picayune" "The publication of a new, corrected edition of "All the King's Men" is welcome news for all who care about American literature." -- Joseph Blotner, author of "Robert Penn Warren: A Biography" Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), America's first Poet Laureate, won three Pulitzer Prizes and virtually every other major award given to U.S. writers. Noel Polk is a professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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