Robert Penn Warren's Birthplace – Guthrie, Kentucky - Atlas Obscura

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Robert Penn Warren's Birthplace

Guthrie, Kentucky

The birthplace of the first author to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and poetry. 


Guthrie is almost a ghost town— an old opera house that acts as an event hall for rent, a few homes, and empty storefronts with train nostalgia sprinkled around is all that remains. However, one home happens to be the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Warren.

Warren’s first published novel was about local tobacco farmers’ war against big tobacco companies. At the location are historical markers about this story on the main street near the house. All the King’s Men published in 1946 won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a 1949 movie that won Best Picture. A remake was released in 2006. He is the only author to have won the Pulitzer for both poetry and fiction.

Aside from writing 10 novels, he was known as a critic, poet of over a dozen volumes, and taught at Vanderbilt University and  Yale among other notable colleges.

Know Before You Go

From Interstate 24 just south of the Kentucky border take Exit #4 and go North on US 79 six miles, take a right on US41, and right on Cherry Street. The Warren home will be on a well-marked corner.

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