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Robert Penn Warren Unveiled

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It’s not often that the governors of two states make a big deal about highway signs, which says something about the signs’ subject: alumnus Robert Penn Warren, BA’25. In late fall, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (left) and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (right, blue tie) unveiled signs that direct travelers to the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum in Guthrie, Ky. Housed in Penn Warren’s childhood home, the museum offers a glimpse into Penn Warren’s young life and a chance to read his work. In marking the occasion, Bredesen called Penn Warren a man who revolutionized the literary world and left an indelible mark on both Kentucky and Tennessee. “Robert Penn Warren may be best known as America’s first official Poet Laureate and the only person to hold Pulitzer Prizes in both poetry and fiction—but he was at heart a teacher who recognized the importance of sharing his knowledge with future generations,” Bredesen said. Mona Frederick, executive director of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, was on hand for the unveiling near the Kentucky/Tennessee border.

photo credit: Andrew McMurtrie, State of Tennessee

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