Reviews for All the King's Men
Choice Reviews 2002 February
A Pulitzer Prize winner and source of an academy award movie, this novel is arguably one of the finest ever published in the US, informing and pleasing readers and critics for 55 years. Using Warren's typescripts (housed in Yale's Beinecke Library), Noel Polk (Univ. of Southern Mississippi), intelligent editor of new texts of three Faulkner novels, painstakingly "restores" the text to that Warren wrote before editorial compromises. In a well-argued afterword, Polk states that "as good as [the novel] is in its 1946 published version, the novel Warren wrote is even better." In fact, in restoring this complex work, Polk perhaps presents a new novel. He corrects what he considers arbitrary copyediting decisions, e.g., punctuation and words now considered printable; reunites the long Cass Mastern episode, the thematic core of the novel, reducing the chapters from ten to nine; and returns Willie Stark's name to Willie Talos, because of its mythological connotation. And so on. Passages now included make Jack Burden, the essential narrator because the story is really his, more of a smart aleck, aware of himself as historian and narrator. Every Warren student and scholar must attend to this new text, with utmost concentration and careful empathy. Required for all academic and public libraries. Copyright 2002 American Library Association
Library Journal Reviews 2001 December #1
This reconstituted edition of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning dissection of Louisiana politics gets a serious makeover by scholar Polk, who rescues the cuts and alterations made by the original editors as well as returning protagonist Willie Stark to his original name, Willie Talos. There is also an appendix and editorial notes. Considering this title's importance in American letters and the quite reasonable price, libraries should invest in this edition. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 1996 June #2
Nonfiction Reprints Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.