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All the King's Men Critical Essay

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Critical Overview

By the time All the King's Men was published in 1946, Robert Penn Warren was a highly respected writer, probably better known for his poetry and criticism than for fiction. But this novel firmly placed him on the fiction map, especially with laudatory reviews such as the one written by Diana Trilling in the Nation:

For sheer virtuosity, for the sustained drive of its
prose, for the speed and the evenness of its pacing,
for its precision of language, its genius of colloquialism,
I doubt indeed whether it can be matched in
American fiction.



And while critics and readers received the novel with generally high praise, Richard Luckett in The Spectator notes that the book caused a fuss upon its release because Willie Stark bore a great resemblance to the audacious and powerful Louisiana governor Huey P. Long, assassinated eleven years prior. Long evoked either adoration or abhorrence, and...

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