Robert Penn Warren (1905 – 1989)
Robert finished from high school in Kentucky at 15 and entered Vanderbilt University at 16, studying literature and graduating at 20. He went on to U.C. Berkeley and Yale, won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, and lived in Italy as a Guggenheim fellow. He was celebrated for his prose (winning the Pulitzer Prize for All the King’s Men in 1946), poetry (Pulitzer Prizes in 1958 and 1979, named the nation’s first Poet Laureate in 1968), and literary analysis (a leader in “New Criticism” in the 1940s and 1950s).