In the centennial year of his birth, Robert Penn Warren’s work continues to find fresh admirers. The past decade has seen publication of at least a dozen books examining Warren’s life and work. Earlier this year the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp bearing Warren’s image.

This December, Columbia Pictures releases a remake of Warren’s most famous work, All the King’s Men, with a star-studded cast that includes Sean Penn, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins. At Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, last year’s annual Harry Howard Jr. Lecture featured journalist and author Joe Klein. Klein’s best-selling novel Primary Colors was much influenced by All the King’s Men, still considered one of the greatest
political novels of all time.