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World Enough and Time

By (author) Robert Penn Warren

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In the admixture of wilderness and elegant society that was 1826 Kentucky, Jeremiah Beaumont, a brilliant, imaginative lawyer, stood trial for murdering his benefactor and father figure, the politician Colonel Cassius Fort. Now all the documents are in hand to reconstruct Beaumont's life story -- his crime, his trial, his ultimate sin and punishment -- and the historian-narrator of World Enough and Time sets about doing just that. Based on the famous murder case known as the Kentucky Tragedy, World Enough and Time is, like its precursor All the King's Men, a fictional wonder that personifies history, philosophy, politics, and passion.

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 38.1mm | 453.59g
  • 31 Oct 1999
  • Louisiana State University Press
  • Baton Rouge
  • English
  • 0807124788
  • 9780807124789
  • 496,805

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Poet, novelist, and critic Robert Penn Warren (1905--1989) is the only writer to have won the Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and poetry -- among many other honors, including the National Book Award. Born in Guthrie, Kentucky, and educated at Vanderbilt, the University of California, Yale, and Oxford, he was named America's first Poet Laureate in 1985.

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"The longest and richest of [Warren's] novels".-- NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE

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In the admixture of wilderness and elegant society that was 1826 Kentucky, Jeremiah Beaumont, a brilliant, imaginative lawyer, stood trial for murdering his benefactor and father figure, the politician Colonel Cassius Fort. Now all the documents are in hand to reconstruct Beaumont's life story -- his crime, his trial, his ultimate sin and punishment -- and the historian-narrator of World Enough and Time sets about doing just that. He uncovers a burning idealist's search for purpose and his rabid rejection, like other great Promethean heroes of the American mythology, of conventional heroism. Based on the famous murder case known as the Kentucky Tragedy, World Enough and Time is, like its precursor All the King's Men, a fictional wonder that personifies history, philosophy, politics, and passion.

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