Bixby Knolls Literary Society takes on All The Kings Men in February
2010-01-21 · By Editor
The Bixby Knolls Literary Society will meet again Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic Avenue. The book club selection for February is All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.
Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue and on Burlinghall. Refreshments will be provided.
About the book club selection for Bixby Knolls Literary Society:
All the King’s Men, first published in 1946, won the Pulitzer Prize the next year, and the movie version won the Academy Award in 1949 as best picture.
The novel, which draws its title from the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, has been rated the 36th greatest novel of the 20th century by Modern Library. It’s been said that the book is based on the life of Huey Long (1893-1935), the colorful Louisiana governor and senator.
“All the King’s Men portrays the dramatic political ascent and governorship of Willie Stark, a driven, cynical populist in the American South during the 1930s. The novel is narrated by Jack Burden, a political reporter who comes to work as Governor Stark’s right-hand man. The trajectory of Stark’s career is interwoven with Jack Burden’s life story and philosophical reflections:
‘the story of Willie Stark and the story of Jack Burden are, in one sense, one story.'”
Warren claimed that All The King’s Men was “never intended to be a book about politics.” Keep that in mind as you read it.
Contact Blair Cohn with comments or suggestions for the Bixby Knolls Literary Society. Visit www.bixbyknollsinfo.com for more details.