1948 photo from the WKU Libraries Robert Penn
|Robert Penn Warren was born April 24, 1905, in
Guthrie, a railway junction and market town in southern
Kentucky. Known locally as the Black Patch because of
the dark, fired-cured tobacco grown there, the land in that
section varies from gently rolling fields to scarps and
rocky hillsides forested with cedar and sycamore.
the fall of 1920 he entered the high school across the
border in Clarksville, Tennessee, graduating at the age of
A good deal of Warren's early education in
literature was forwarded by desultory reading at home.
The house was full of books, and his father would read aloud
to the family, usually history and poetry.
(1964). Robert Penn Warren. Boston, MA: Twayne