Robert Penn Warren - Poem Signed 08/27/1973 For Sale
ROBERT PENN WARREN. Typed Poem signed: "Robert Penn Warren/August 27, 1973" in red ink, 1p, 7x5 goldenrod card. The opening lines of "Lullaby: Smile in Sleep/by Robert Penn Warren". In full: "Sleep, my son, and smile in sleep./You will dream the world anew./Watching you now sleep,/I feel the world's depleted force renew,/Feel the nerve expand and knit,/Feel a rustle in the blood,/Feel wink of warmth and stir of spirit,/As though season woke in the heart's cold underwood./The vernal work is now begun./Sleep, my son./Sleep, son." The third word in the seventh line had been typed as "or". Warren corrected it in red ink to "of". Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) is the only writer to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Poetry. His All the King's Men captured the 1947 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and he won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Promises: Poems 1954-1956, and the 1979 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Now and Then: Poems 1976-1978. He served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1944-1945 and was the first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1986-1987. In 1980, Robert Penn Warren was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Fine condition.
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