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00:00:00 - Robert Penn Warren as a professor

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Partial Transcript: Mrs. Parrish, I'd just like to ask you today about your past association with Robert Penn Warren.

Segment Synopsis: Parrish reflects on her early acquaintance with Warren, when she was a teaching assistant of his at the University of Minnesota. Warren's teaching ability is emphasized. Several poets that Warren taught in the classroom are also mentioned, along with the reasoning behind the use of these authors. The impact of these writers upon Parrish and the students is discussed as well.

Keywords: Andrew Lytle; Cleanth Brooks; Dialogue; Earnest Hemingway; Emily Dickinson; Intelligence; John Donne; Joseph Conrad; Mary Wytell; Metaphysical poetry; Respect; Robert Penn Warren; Sharp; Teaching; The University of Minnesota; Thomas Hardy

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Education; Friendship; Poetry; Professors

00:08:18 - Warren's writing

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Partial Transcript: How did you acquire Eleven Poems on the Same--on a--On the Same Theme?

Segment Synopsis: Parrish recalls a selection of published poetry that Warren gave her during a writing class. Parrish also describes how Warren prepared for the publication of his famous novel, "All the King's Men." The interviewee's dislike for the novels of Warren is revealed. Parrish gives an analysis on Warren's female characters in comparison to their male counterparts.

Keywords: Abstract; All the King's Men (Book); At Heaven's Gate (Book); Characters; Earthy; Evils; Intellectual; Robert Penn Warren; The University of Minnesota; Women; Writing

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Friendship; Novels; Poetry

00:11:23 - University of Minnesota English department

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Partial Transcript: Now, you were a student assistant--a, a teaching assistant of his?

Segment Synopsis: Parrish tells of her experiences with Warren in the classroom and the students' reactions to his mannerisms. The various notable professors in the English department at the University of Minnesota and their interactions with the students are also mentioned. The prestige of this department within the university at the time is emphasized.

Keywords: Abstract; Allen Tate; American literature; American studies; Eric Bentley; Insightful; Joseph Warren Beach; Memorable; Quality; Robert Penn Warren; Samuel Holt Monk; Saul Bellow; Students; The University of Minnesota

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Education; Professors

00:15:49 - Warren's students and contemporaries

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Partial Transcript: Um, do y--uh, do any of the, the students stand out in your mind as people that were particularly inspired by Warren or the--

Segment Synopsis: The current successes of Warren's former students are explored. One is found to be a professor at a public university in New York City, another an attorney in Minnesota. A notable former University of Minnesota professor of philosophy is also recalled. Warren's treatment of students as a professor is highlighted, and his work ethic in that regard is mentioned as well.

Keywords: Attorneys; City College of New York; Considerate; Dedication; Mannerisms; Papers; Philosophy; Quick; Respect; Robert Penn Warren; Samuel Holt Monk; Seminars; Students; The University of Minnesota

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Education; Friendship; Professors

00:23:00 - Socializing with Warren

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Partial Transcript: What can you say about that side of Warren, then? About Warren as the host or the domestic side of him?

Segment Synopsis: Parrish talks of her experiences with Warren outside of the workplace. A specific instance in which Parrish and her husband attended a cocktail party with the Warrens is remembered. Parrish also recalls her encounters with Warren's first wife, and talks about her mental illness. The dynamics between the couple are also explored. Warren's support of Parrish and her career is elaborated upon.

Keywords: Awards; Brenda Ueland; Children; Cocktail parties; Communication; Husbands; Illnesses; Impatience; Minnesota; Offices; Phone calls; Reverse snobbery; Robert Penn Warren; Shortages; Socializing; Sympathies; The University of Minnesota; WWII; Wives; World War II; Writing

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Friendship; Health; Life

00:33:41 - Warren's disposition and personal life

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Partial Transcript: I was just thinking back to what you were saying a second ago and, and wondering if there was any parallel in his life...

Segment Synopsis: The potential reasons for Warren’s sympathetic reaction to the career dilemmas of Parrish are explored. Warren's enjoyment of children is discussed. Warren's emotions are compared to the stylistic tendencies of his poetry. The personal life of Warren in relation to his literature is described as well. Warren’s time in Washington, D.C. is briefly mentioned. Parrish also describes the interactions between Warren and her children as well.

Keywords: "Original Sin"; Children; Family; Graduate students; Grandparents; Loneliness; Mary Wyvell; Parents; Robert Penn Warren; The University of Minnesota; Washington (D.C.)

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Friendship; Poetry

00:40:53 - Parrish as a teacher / recent years / stories

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Partial Transcript: Oh, I ha--I'll show you a very interesting portrait that one of my students did...

Segment Synopsis: Parrish tells of a portrait that a student drew of Warren, and reveals that she continues to teach "All the King's Men" in class. The lack of correspondence between the two former colleagues is examined. Parrish also gives a brief analysis on Warren's literature. Warren's storytelling ability is highlighted as well.

Keywords: A Place To Come To (Book); Autobiographical; Awareness; Clarity; Details; Earthiness; Enjoyment; Observations; Robert Penn Warren; Roots; Southerners; The University of Minnesota

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Education; Friendship; Professors; Storytelling

00:47:20 - Community's view of Warren / "All the King's Men"

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Partial Transcript: One thing I wanted to ask you was do you remember any of the--well, if there was any interest or excitement among people you knew...

Segment Synopsis: Parrish explains the local reaction to Warren's successes. The cinematic and theatrical version of the famous novel "All the King's Men" is explored. The play is discussed in detail, including the director, and what became of the lead actress. Warren's use of a Greek Chorus within the contemporary play is examined.

Keywords: Achievements; Actions; All the King's Men (Book); Chorus; Faculty; Graduate students; Modern; Plays; Pulitzer Prize; Radio; Robert Penn Warren; The University of Minnesota; Theater

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Art; Friendship; Novels

00:52:04 - Before and after Minnesota

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Partial Transcript: Where on campus was the English department and where was Warren's office?

Segment Synopsis: Parrish describes the location of the English department at the University of Minnesota. Why Warren left Minnesota for Yale is speculated upon. Warren's life following his stint in Minnesota is briefly mentioned as well.

Keywords: American studies; Children; Connecticut; Divorces; Robert Penn Warren; The University of Minnesota; Wives; Yale University

Subjects: American literature--20th century; Friendship; Life; Travel