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This Day in the Arts: February 26

1802:

Influential Romantic writer Victor Hugo is born. He is known for his novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

1986:

Kentucky-born poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren was named Poet Laureate of the U.S. on February 26, 1986. The only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry, Warren is perhaps best known for his novel All the King’s Men, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1947 and was later adapted for several film, television, and stage productions.

In 1965, Warren published a collection of interviews with black civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and writer James Baldwin. You can listen to those interviews at the Kentuckiana Digital Library.

Warren died in 1989. Find out more and read some of his poems at Academy of American Poets' web site, Poets.org.


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