Leo and Rosalynd C. Pflaum

Title

Leo and Rosalynd C. Pflaum

Subject

Authors
Literature
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989

Description

Rosalynd and Leo Pflaum recollect on their friendship with Robert Penn Warren while he resided and worked in Minnesota. Their social connections with Warren, and the dynamics with his first wife are mentioned. The personal life of Warren throughout the years is also described.

Date

1980-12-08

Format

audio

Identifier

1980oh199_rpw032

Interviewer

David Farrell

Interviewee

Rosalynd C. Pflaum
Leo Pflaum

OHMS Object Text

4 1980-12-08 1980oh199_rpw032 Interview with Leo and Rosalynd C. Pflaum, December 8, 1980 1980oh199_rpw032 ohrpw Robert Penn Warren Oral History Collection rpw001 Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries Authors Literature Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 University of Minnesota Friendship Emma Brescia Sewanee University Rosalynd C. Pflaum Leo Pflaum David Farrell 1980oh199_rpw032_pflaum_acc001.mp3 0 https://oralhistory.uky.edu/spokedbaudio/1980oh199_rpw032_pflaum_acc001.mp3 Other audio 0 Meeting Robert Penn Warren --ollowing is an unrehearsed interview with Leo Pflaum and Rosalynd Pflaum for the Robert Penn Warren Oral History Project. The Pflaums describe how they first met Robert Penn Warren while he was living in Minnesota. The chronology of their meeting is determined. The various places Warren lived in and around Minneapolis are discussed. Parties ; Robert Penn Warren ; Socializing ; The University of Minnesota American literature--20th century ; Friendship ; Travel 17 330 Warren's wives and music And because Red was not interested in music particularly, but because Cinina was... The Pflaums discuss the musical background of Warren's wives. His first wife's childhood is also mentioned. Some of her relatives are talked about as well. Childhood ; Conservatories ; Divorces ; Family ; Music ; Oglethorpe University ; Robert Penn Warren ; Youth American literature--20th century ; Friendship ; Music 17 489 Visiting / traveling Remember when we went to, uh, Sewanee? The Pflaums recall their visit to Sewanee University to see Robert Penn Warren being honored there. An instance where Hodding Carter stayed with the couple in Minnesota is described. The pair describe mutual friends who also knew Warren as well. All The King's Men (Book) ; Cleanth Brooks ; Hodding Carter ; John Palmer ; Minnesota ; Robert Penn Warren ; Sewanee University ; Social circles American literature--20th century ; Friendship ; Travel 17 870 Warren's personality Was Red, was Red as humorous as he usually is? The Pflaums tell of Warren's personality as they know it. The couple asks the interviewer if Warren has retained the same mannerisms as they remembered him to possess. Warren's treatment of his students is also explored. Humor ; Robert Penn Warren ; Students ; The University of Minnesota American literature--20th century ; Friendship ; Professors ; Storytelling 17 1041 Opinions on Warren's wives But Eleanor intimidated an awful lot of people and really, uh, did not want any connections with the past. The treatment of Warren's social circle by his second wife is mentioned. The mental health issues of the first wife and her interest in writing is touched on. Her role and influence on Warren's literature while they were married is discussed as well. An instance where the Pflaums visited the Warrens in New York is also recalled. All The King's Men (Book) ; Divorce ; Eleanor Clark ; Emma Brescia ; Mental health ; New York (N.Y.) ; Robert Penn Warren American literature--20th century ; Friendship 17 1461 Warren's identity Did you think of him more as a, uh, novelist than as a poet? The Pflaums chronicle how Warren was perceived in the Minnesotan community. It is found that he was mostly viewed as a professor and writer. The end of Warren's career at the University of Minnesota is discussed, as well as his departure to Yale. Eric Bentley ; Intellectuals ; Joseph Warren Beach ; Minnesota ; Robert Penn Warren ; The University of Minnesota ; Yale University American literature--20th century ; Friendship ; Plays ; Professors 17 1789 Warren's personal life Well I think when he left here--and a, a couple of things, one was that, you know, his marriage was probably breaking up. The Pflaums recall Warren's life as they knew it once he left Minnesota. His divorce and remarriage is touched on. Warren's relationship with his children, and the Pflaums' own children (while still in Minnesota) is also mentioned. The various places Warren lived abroad are elaborated upon. Children ; Family ; Ireland ; Italy ; Mental health ; Robert Penn Warren ; Yale University American literature--20th century ; Friendship ; Travel 17 interview Rosalynd and Leo Pflaum recollect on their friendship with Robert Penn Warren while he resided and worked in Minnesota. Their social connections with Warren, and the dynamics with his first wife are mentioned. The personal life of Warren throughout the years is also described. No transcript. All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries. audio Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries. 0 https://oralhistory.uky.edu/oh/render.php?cachefile=1980oh199_rpw032_pflaum_ohm.xml 1980oh199_rpw032_pflaum_ohm.xml https://oralhistory.uky.edu/catalog/xt7pvm42vb4w 0

Interview Keyword

University of Minnesota
Friendship
Emma Brescia
Sewanee University

Interview Rights

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Interview Usage

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Files

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Citation

“Leo and Rosalynd C. Pflaum,” The Robert Penn Warren Oral History Archive, accessed December 6, 2019, https://www.nunncenter.net/robertpennwarren/items/show/126.