The Cave. By Robert Penn Warren. First Edition, First Printing. Random House. New York, 1959.


Robert Penn Warren affected American letters on multiple fronts. He was one of many great Southern authors from the mid-twentieth century, writing alongside William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and many others. Yet he was set apart by his ability to write both fiction and poetry. He is the only person to have ever won Pulitzer Prizes in both genres. In 1947, he won the Pulitzer for his novel All the King’s Men. He then won the Pulitzer for poetry twice–the first in 1958, the second in 1979. He was also a noted literary critic whose reviews and contributions applied a New Critic’s eye. For all these accomplishments, he is widely recognized as one of the greatest literary figures of the last 100 years. In The Cave, Warren provides a thought-provoking novel about a Korean War veteran who has returned home and become trapped in a cave outside a small town in Tennessee. A rescue mission ensues, one that garners national attention and sets the stage for thematic commentary about our culture and its voyeuristic obsessions with crisis and spectacle. The novel was widely praised. Critics claimed it to be Warren at his best. It remains one of his most popular novels.

This first edition, first printing is in very good condition. In the original cloth, about-fine with only minor fading. Text block near-fine, only minor offsetting from title page and former owner’s bookplate to front pastedown. In the original dust jacket, very good with minor chipping, rubbing, and creases to edges.

A very good first printing of The Cave.

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The Cave. By Robert Penn Warren. First Edition, First Printing. Random House. New York, 1959.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in