Literary Landmark: Robert Penn Warren Center, Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Ky.
Dedicated: 1994

The Robert Penn Warren Library at Western Kentucky University was designated a Literary Landmark on April 24th, 1994 by the Friends of University Libraries. Robert Penn Warren was born forty miles from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The family of Robert Penn Warren gave Mr. Warren’s working library as a gift to the University. The collection included his personal library, various editions of his works, his collections of poetry and prose, and his original office furnishings, awards, and medals which are on display.

Robert Penn Warren’s writings display how much of an influence Kentucky had on his writings. Those works pertaining to Kentucky include Night Rider, World Enough and Time, Brother to Dragons, and Audubon: A Vision.

Robert Penn Warren’s 1946 novel All the King’s Men won him the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He was also named the American Poet Laureate in 1986. He died in 1989.


Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU