Warren-Brooks Award

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The Warren-Brooks Award for literary criticism was established to honor the innovative, critical interpretation of literature offered by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks to celebrate the continuation of such achievement. It is awarded for outstanding literary criticism originally published in English in the United States of America and is given in those years when a book, or other worthy publication, appears that exemplifies the Warren-Brooks effort in spirit, scope, and integrity.

The award is given annually by the advisory group of the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at Western Kentucky University for outstanding literary criticism originally published in English in the United States.[1]

Past Recipients[edit]

  • 1995: Simpson, Lewis P., The Fable of the Southern Writer, LSU Press, 1995
  • 1996: Winchell, Mark Royden, Cleanth Brooks and the Rise of Modern Criticism, University of Virginia Press, 1996
  • 1997: Hollander, John, The Work of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 1997
  • 1998: Donoghue, Denis, The Practice of Reading, Yale University Press, 1998
  • 1999: Schuchard, Ron, Eliot's Dark Angel, Oxford University Press, 1999
  • 2000: Kermode, Sir Frank, Shakespeare's Language, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000
  • 2001: Murphy, Paul V., The Rebuke of History North Carolina Press, 2001
  • 2002: Burt, Stephen, Randall Jarrell and His Age Columbia University Press, November 2002
  • 2003: Buell, Lawrence, Emerson, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003
  • 2004: (shared) James H. Justus, Fetching the Old Southwest, University of Missouri Press; Marjorie Perloff, Differentials, University of Alabama Press
  • 2005: Constance W. Hassett, “Christina Rossetti: The Patience of Style,” University of Virginia Press, 2005
  • 2006: Rosen, David, Power, Plain English, and the Rise of Modern Poetry,Yale University Press, 2006
  • 2007: Dolven, Jeff, Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance, University of Chicago Press, 2007
  • 2008: Brinkmeyer, Robert Jr., The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European Fascism, 1930-1950, Louisiana State University Press, 2008
  • 2009: Travis, Peter, Disseminal Chaucer: Rereading the Nun's Priest's Tale, University of Notre Dame Press, 2009
  • 2010: Payne, Mark, The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination, University of Chicago Press, 2010
  • 2011: Strier, Richard, The Unrepentant Renaissance: From Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton, University of Chicago Press, 2011
  • 2012: Martin, Meredith, The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930, Princeton University Press, 2012
  • 2013: Brombert, Victor, Musings on Mortality: Tolstoy to Primo Levi, University of Chicago Press, 2013
  • 2014: Russell, Richard Rankin, Seamus Heaney's Regions, University of Notre Dame Press, 2014
  • 2015: Keniston, Ann, Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry, University of Iowa Press, 2015 [2]


  1. ^ [1] Web page titled "Yale Bulletin and Calendar/ Hollander receives Penn Warren-Brooks Award", accessed January 25, 2007
  2. ^ [2] Webpage from WKU News "Robert Penn Warren Essay Contest Winners Announced" accessed August 29, 2016

External links[edit]

  • [3] Web page description of the award
  • [4] Web page list of winners, as of 2016