Interview Archive

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Robert Penn Warren, October 6,…

Warren begins the interview by recalling his childhood in detail, including anecdotes of his brother, father, and both grandfathers. Next, Warren talks of his…
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Bruce Denbo

Denbo describes some scandals at Louisiana State University, including one in which Robert Penn Warren was embroiled, along with the other Fugitive Agrarians.…
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John Ervin

Ervin reflects upon his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, which began as associates during their time at the University of Minnesota. An important literary…
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Leonard Unger

Unger describes his friendship with Robert Penn Warren from their days at LSU up until when the interview was conducted. The various universities that Warren…
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Louis D. Rubin

Louis describes the philosophical beliefs of Robert Penn Warren, along with a brief analysis of the novel "All the King's Men." The connections between the…
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Richard Lewis

Lewis reflects upon his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, whom he met during their tenures as professors at Yale University. The early days of their…
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Victor H. Strandberg

Strandberg reflects upon his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, who he met through mutual professorial friends. First, Strandberg recalls when he discovered…
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Charles H. and Doris Foster

Charles and Doris Foster reflect upon their friendship with Robert Penn Warren, which began while they all lived in Iowa. Charles and Warren met as colleagues…
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Samuel Holt Monk

Holt describes his friendship with Robert Penn Warren through the years. The years they spent living in Minnesota are emphasized. Holt gives his opinions on…
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Robert Penn Warren, May 9, 1978

Robert Penn Warren is interviewed on a wide array of topics, primarily concerning the varying literary styles he has used in writing, along with his poetic…
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Arnold S. Stein

Stein recalls the beginning of his friendship with Robert Penn Warren at the University of Minnesota. A connection with Warren's contemporary, John Crowe Ransom…
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Mary O'Connor

O'Connor reflects upon her friendship with Robert Penn Warren, which began while the two worked at Louisiana State University. The friends were later reunited…
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Robert Heilman

Heilman reflects upon his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, which began during their joint tenures as professors at Louisiana State University. The dynamics…
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Rene Wellek

Wellek reflects on his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, which began at Iowa State University during the early stages of WWII. Their working relationship…
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Robert Penn Warren, November 7,…

Warren begins the interview by reflecting upon his early literary influences. Next, Warren discusses his artistic hobby of painting, coupled with anecdotes of…
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Robert Penn Warren, September 28,…

Warren discusses the life and times of former Confederate leader Jefferson Davis, who is the subject of the interviewee's upcoming book. Many aspects of the…
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John Palmer

Palmer discusses his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, with an emphasis on when they first met at LSU. Warren's time as a professor at the university is…
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Robert Penn Warren, May 3, 1979

Warren is interviewed about his personal life including his role as a college professor, but the primary focus is concentrated on his friendship with Allen…
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Cleanth Brooks

Brooks reflects upon his friendship with former colleague at both Yale and Louisiana State Universities, Robert Penn Warren. The course of their acquaintance is…
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John L. Stewart

Stewart reflects upon his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, which began as a result of the interviewee's affinity for the Southern Fugitive writers. Stewart's…
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Robert Penn Warren, March 7, 1980

Warren delves into his newest literary projects, along with his recent change in writing style. The title, structure, and other elements of the book are…
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Harold Bloom

Bloom examines his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, and how it began. Bloom's admiration for the most recent work of Warren is discussed. The evolutionary…
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William Styron

Styron discusses his friendship with Robert Penn Warren, from their first encounter up until as of when the interview was conducted. The similar backgrounds of…
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Robert Penn Warren, May 4, 1980

Warren talks of a notable book he contributed to called, "I'll Take My Stand." The practicality and idea of applying this agricultural philosophy is examined.…
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Saul Bellow

Bellow discusses his relationship with Robert Penn Warren, spanning the time when they met, years at the University of Michigan, parties at the Warrens' house,…
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Eric Bentley

Bentley describes his relationship with Robert Penn Warren through the years, with an emphasis upon their time spent as colleagues working as professors at the…
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Mary Wyvell

Wyvell describes her friendship with former colleague Robert Penn Warren at the University of Minnesota. Warren's mannerisms as a professor are explored, as…
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Audrey H. Parrish

Parrish discusses her acquaintance with Robert Penn Warren, whom she met while working as his teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota. Warren's…
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Brenda Ueland

Ueland remembers her friendship with Robert Penn Warren, which began while the author worked as a professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (where…
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Northrop Beach

Beach discusses his friendship with Robert Penn Warren. The deep friendship between Beach's father and Warren is also explored. Warren's role in the social…
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Isabella Gardner

Gardner discusses her friendship with Robert Penn Warren that resulted from her ex-husband, Allen Tate, a contemporary of Warren's. The closeness of Warren and…
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Robert Penn Warren, January 10,…

Warren recounts some events from his youth, including the illness of his father, and his father's reaction to hearing the news of his brother's death.
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Elizabeth and Huntington Brown

The Browns discuss people who visited Warren during the time he spent at the University of Minnesota, his first wife Emma "Cinina" Brescia, a movie adaptation…
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Robert Brustein

Brustein talks of his friendship with Robert Penn Warren. Warren's time at Yale with Brustein is described, including his role as a professor and playwright.…
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Peter Davison

Davison recollects on his childhood memories of Robert Penn Warren in the 1930s. Several instances from Davison's adulthood and more recent years are also…
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Richard Eberhart

Eberhart reflects upon his friendship with Warren and his wife, from their most recent meetings to his first encounters with the couple. The opinions of Warren…
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Matthew Bruccoli

Matthew Bruccoli, a notable biographer of twentieth century fiction writers, discusses his acquaintance with Robert Penn Warren. This friendship started when…
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James Dickey

Dickey describes his friendship with fellow writer and Southerner Robert Penn Warren. The versatility of Warren's writing is highlighted, as well as…
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John Hollander

Hollander reflects upon his friendship with Robert Penn Warren and the origins of their acquaintance. Hollander also gives an analysis on both Warren's poetry…
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Robert Penn Warren, May 12, 1981

Warren describes his relationships with many important celebrities and writers of the early twentieth century. Notables include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest…
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Francis Steegmuller

Steegmuller recalls his friendship with both Robert Penn Warren and his wife, Eleanor Clarke. Their past and most recent social encounters are mentioned. The…
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Richard Gunn

Richard Gunn, an African American attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, was heavily involved in the push for school integration. Originally from Kansas City, he moved…
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Milton Galamison

Reverend Milton Galamison (1923-1988) was a clergyman and civil rights leader in New York City. Born in Philadelphia, Galamison later received his Bachelor's…
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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. He was a major leader of the civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his…
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James M. Lawson

James M. Lawson (1928- ) was a longtime peace activist and served as a tutor on non-violence to civil rights leaders. Lawson began his work in Nashville,…
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Malcolm X

Malcolm X (1925-1965) was born Malcolm Little in Omaha Nebraska. After being found "mentally unfit" to fulfill his draft notice in 1943, Malcolm X was arrested…
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William Stuart Nelson

William Stuart Nelson (1895-1977), an African American educator and theologian, was born in Paris, Kentucky. After moving to Paducah, Kentucky and graduating…
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James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) was an American writer and nonviolent civil rights activist. Baldwin was born into poverty in Harlem, New York. At a young age he…
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Carroll G. Barber

Carroll G. Barber was a white civil rights activist and anthropologist. He became associated with Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1961 and was…
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Stokely Carmichael, Lucy Thornton,…

Stokely Carmichael (1941-1998) was a civil rights activist. While a student at Howard University, Carmichael became leader of the Nonviolent Action Group…
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James Forman

James Forman (1928-2005) was an African American civil rights leader who was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as well as the Black…
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James L. Farmer, Jr.

James Farmer (1920-1999) was a civil rights leader and political activist. At the age of 14 he entered Wiley College in his hometown of Marshall, Texas where…
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Kenneth Clark

Dr. Kenneth Bancroft Clark (1914-2005) was an educator, psychologist and civil rights leader. Dr. Clark attended Howard University where he received his…
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Vernon Jordan

Vernon Jordan (1935- ) is an African American lawyer who was a civil rights leader and political advisor. Born in Atlanta, Georgia he graduated from DePauw…
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Carl Rowan

Carl Thomas Rowan (1925-2000) was a journalist, writer, and television commentator. Rowan was one of the first African American officers to serve in the Navy…
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William Stringfellow

William Stringfellow (1928-1985) was a human rights lawyer, Episcopalian lay theologian, and social activist. At the age of fifteen Stringfellow entered Bates…
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Ruth Turner and David Cohen

Ruth Turner (now Ruth Turner Perot) was the Executive Secretary of the Cleveland, Ohio chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and a member of the…
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Wyatt Walker

Wyatt Tee Walker (1929-2018) is an African American civil rights leader and minister. Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Walker moved with his family to…
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John Hervey Wheeler

John Hervey Wheeler (1908-1978) was born in Kittrell, North Carolina. Wheeler started working for the Mechanics and Farmers Bank in Durham, North Carolina in…
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Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins, a prominent civil rights movement leader affiliated with the NAACP, begins by discussing the reformation of American public schools. Additionally,…
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Gilbert Moses and Richard Murphy

Gilbert Moses co-founded the Free Southern Theatre with John O'Neal. The theatre group toured the South during the 1960s performing plays including "In White…
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Aaron Henry

Aaron Henry (1922-1997) was an African American civil rights leader and politician. Born in Dublin, Mississippi, Henry enlisted in the U.S. Army and was…
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Robert Parris Moses

Robert Parris Moses, educator and civil rights leader, was born in 1935 in New York City. He won a scholarship to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and…
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Tougaloo Students

Tougaloo College was and is a Black private liberal arts college in Tougaloo, Mississippi (near Jackson), founded in 1869. A small group of people,…
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Andrew Young

Andrew Young (1932- ) is an African American politician who was a civil right activist and pastor. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Young received his…
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Whitney Young

Whitney Young, a civil rights movement leader affiliated with the National Urban League, discusses multiple issues facing African Americans during the 1960s.…
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Wiley Branton

Wiley Branton was an American lawyer and civil rights activist. As a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he…
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Jackson College Students

A group of college students from Jackson College discuss the civil rights movement at the time of the interview and their own participation in it. They discuss…
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Unknown Male

In this interview, an unknown male interviewee gives his opinions on subjects such as race relations prior to the Civil War, the attitudes of slaves, the…
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Southern University

Robert Penn Warren interviews a group of students and one administrator from Southern University in New Orleans, Louisiana. They discuss the various leaders of…
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Leo and Rosalynd C. Pflaum

Rosalynd and Leo Pflaum recollect on their friendship with Robert Penn Warren while he resided and worked in Minnesota. Their social connections with Warren,…