Robert Warren Penn was born on April 24, 1905 in Guthrie, Kentucky. He earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1925, his M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1927, and he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University earning his B.Litt in 1930. He was been a professor of English at five colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota and Yale University.
Robert Penn Warren was a writer, poet and teacher for over 40 years. He was the first "poet laureate" of the United States, has won the Pulitzer Prize three times, been awarded the National Book Award and the National Metal for Literature and has received over seventeen honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the United States.
Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 46, pp.208-218.