All the King's Men

All the King's Men

Book - 2005
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Movie Tie-in Edition

When All the King's Men was first published in 1946, Sinclair Lewis pronounced it "massive, impressive...one of our few national galleries of character." Diana Trilling, reviewing it for the Nation, wrote, "For sheer virtuosity, for the sustained drive of its prose, for the speed and the evenness of its pacing, for its precision of language...I doubt indeed whether it can be matched in American fiction." The Washington Post declared, "If the game of naming the Great American Novel is still being played anywhere, Warren's All the King's Men would easily make the final rounds."

Set in the 1930s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power. As relevant today as it was more than fifty years ago, All the King's Men is one of the classics of American literature.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2005
ISBN: 9780156030960
0156030969
9780151011636
015101163X
Branch Call Number: F WAR NVD

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sarmbw
Apr 26, 2016

The library should offer readers the original 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning edition and make a clear distinction between that one (approved by Warren) and the later edition that was changed after his death.

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wyenotgo
Aug 27, 2015

Warren has mastered the art of vernacular prose better than any writer I know, and he puts it to good use, seamlessly blending small-town deep south patios with the polished lyricism of an accomplished poet, thereby creating a compelling sense of time and place.
This is a story of self-discovery, conflicting values, loves that go disastrously awry; and above all, it's about the many blurred lines between good and evil, as men's pursuit of their goals drives them to increasingly desperate actions, spiraling into violence, mayhem and ultimately into a degree of corruption no better than that which they initially sought to overcome.
A true American classic, unmatched by any political novel I've read, except for "Advise and Consent".

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michael12
Oct 10, 2014

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.

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JLMason
Nov 01, 2010

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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