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Eric Bentley Collection on Robert Penn Warren, 1946-1947

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Eric Bentley Collection on Robert Penn Warren




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by format.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2012MS192: [identification of item], Eric Bentley Collection on Robert Penn Warren, 1946-1947, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.1 Cubic feet

11 items


Robert Penn Warren was born in Guthrie, Kentucky, in 1905. He attended public schools, graduated from Vanderbilt University, and became a Rhodes Scholar. He worked as a professor of English and playwriting at several American universities. A writer of novels, plays and poetry, Warren received numerous awards, including Pulitzer prizes for both fiction and poetry. He was one of the United States' leading literary figures and was named Poet Laureate of the United States.

Scope and Content

The Eric Bentley Collection on Robert Penn Warren comprises correspondence, compositions, and printed materials related to Robert Penn Warren and the opening of the play All the King's Men at the University of Minnesota. The collection includes a letter from Eric Bentley to Penn containing literary questions concerning Penn's writing as well as Penn's response.


  • Bentley, Eric
  • American literature--Kentucky--History and criticism
  • Authors, American--Kentucky.
  • Authors--Correspondence.
  • Plays.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1947, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 13]
All The King's Men material, 1946-1947
[Box: 1, Folder: 14]
Robert Penn Warren bibliography, circa 1946
[Box: 1, Folder: 15]
Printed materials, 1946-1947
[Box: 1, Folder: 16]