From the September, 2000 issue of Touchstone
Generations of the Fall by Michael M. Jordan

Generations of the Fall

Original Sin in the Writings of Robert Penn Warren

by Michael M. Jordan

Flannery O’Connor’s remarks in Mystery and Manners about the “Christ-haunted” South and her claim that “Drama usually bases itself on the bedrock of original sin, whether the writer thinks in theological terms or not” (44, 167) are easily applied to the work of her fellow Southern writer Robert Penn Warren. Although Warren was not a Christian—he called himself a “non-believer” and a “yearner” (Robert Penn Warren Talking, 204)—he had a religious temperament and utilized Christian concepts in his imaginative literature. . . .

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