Spring 1942 • Vol. IV No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1942 |

Homage to Oliver Allston

The Opinions of Oliver Allson by Van Wyck Brooks. Dutton. $3.00   The untimely death, two years ago, of the critic Oliver Allston was a real loss to American letters. It was known that he had been in failing health for several years, but he bore his infirmities cheerfully, continued his researches with undiminished ardor, and, in fact, seemed to grow more mellow and genial with the advance of the insidious disease and the growth of his reputation. The last period of his life was spent entirely in his New York apartment, with its superb view of the roofs of the city and its peerless collection of early American pine and pewter and the first editions of the works of the writers with whom his name is now to be indissolubly associated in the minds of every school child. In that apartment, one night in early March, 1940, he propped himself in a chair, under the framed autographs and steel engravings of the noble heads, and took an overdose of luminal, and with a copy of Walden op

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Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) was one of the preeminent authors of the twentieth century: a poet, novelist, and literary critic who was one of the founders of New Criticism. He earned a master's degree at the University of California, studied at New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar; he taught at Vanderbilt, Louisiana State, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University. Warren was a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He received the Pulitzer Prize three times, for All the King's Men (1946) and for poetry (1958 and 1979). Three years before his death, he was appointed the first poet laureate of the United States.

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