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All The King's Men (Paperback)

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Imagine if "The Great Gatsby" met the messy, troubling world of Southern, depression-era politics.  Narrated by the poetic--if slightly naive--political reporter, Jack Burden, "All the King's Men" follows the rise and fall of politician-of-the-people, Willie Stark.  The novel covers both the corruptive influence of power and the irreversible, incredible nature of time, and its lyrical, thought-provoking prose and symbolism has made it a favorite of mine since highschool.

— Nicole



The classic, ever-relevant story of a backcountry lawyer whose idealism is overcome by his lust for power—American literature's definitive political novel.

All the King's Men
traces the rise of fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional Southern policitian who resembles the real-life Huey Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his career as an idealistic man of the people, but he soon becomes corrupted by success and the lust for power.

About the Author

Robert Penn Warren (1905–1989) won three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award, the National Medal for Literature, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986 he was named the country’s first poet laureate.

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"Over the course of more than two centuries of vivid political history, there is perhaps only one full-blooded American novel of politics that plunges deep into the hearts of its characters and therefore into the hearts of its readers, thus rising to the top ranks of American fiction. That is Robert Penn Warren's lush All the King's Men."
- L O S A N G E L E S T I M E S B O O K R E V I E W

"It's a measure of the enduring worth of All the King's Men that Willie Stark has entered our collective literary consciousness, in the company of Captain Ahab, Huck Finn, Jay Gatsby, Holden Caulfield, Rabbit Angstrom, and very few others."
- J O Y C E C A R O L O A T E S , T H E N E W Y O R K R E V I E W O F B O O K S

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156004800
ISBN-10: 0156004801
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 1996
Pages: 672
Language: English

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