Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) was born in Guthrie, Kentucky. Over a period of more than forty years he has written in an extraordinary variety of forms, his work including eight novels and eight volumes of poetry, as well as short stories, critical essays, drama, biography, history, and two studies of race relations in America. Among his many awards are two Pulitzer prizes, for his novel All the King’s Men (1946) and for his volume of poetry Promises (1957), which also won the National Book Award. In 1967 he received the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. —New Directions Publishing Corp.