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All the King's Men

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All the King's Men
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Authors: Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989
Title: All the king's men
Notes: First published in 1946
Awards & Distinctions: Literary Awards - Pulitzer Prize Fiction
ISBN: 0156004801
0151047723
0156012952
9780151011636
Statement of Responsibility: Robert Penn Warren
Subject Headings: Southern States Fiction Political corruption Fiction Politicians Fiction
Topical Term: Political corruption
Politicians
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Jack Burden, a young journalist, becomes involved with Willie Stark's quest for power while serving as a Southern governor.


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This is the "restored" edition from Warren's original manuscripts. It is not the edition that was published in 1946, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. The editors at that time made a number of changes to make the book more palatable to the times. Bawdy passages were eliminated and crude references were softened. The narrator was made more sympathetic. The name of the hero was changed from Willie Talos to Willie Stark, to make the name sound less foreign and confusing. The editors adopted the publishing house style which negated much of Warren's stylistic flair. All of these changes have been removed for this restored edition. Still it would be nice if EPL had the original edition for comparison.

Nov 23, 2010
  • JLMason rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book contains the most beautifully written poetic prose I've ever read. Not surprising: I discovered that the author was a poet and the first poet laureate of the US. You will reread sentences and paragraphs to marvel at their beauty and sensuality. The author has both an ability to capture a sense of place and a sense of character; you know these people. There are twists and turns in the plot that are not predictable. The book is considered one of the finest fictional accounts of politics ever written. Not surprising that it won a Pulitzer. The original movie based on it in the 1940's won best picture. I am now seeking out other books by this author.

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