Book published by Newmag. The cover is thick. 232 pages.The author took the title "Humpty Dumpty" from a children's tongue twister. The novel tells the story of charismatic populist governor Willie Stark and his political machinations in the Depression-era Deep South. It is commonly thought to have been loosely inspired by the real-life story of U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, who was assassinated in 1935.
The book is written in the first person. Jack Barden, the president's right-hand man, a former journalist, who presents the political mores and dramatic moments of his boss Willie Stark's governance. Stark's career is connected with Jack Barden's life stories and philosophical reflections.
The writer said "Willie Stark's story and Jack Burden's life cycle are similar in a way".
Robert Penn Warren(1905-89), American poet, writer, literary critic, the founder of "New literary criticism movement". He founded the influential magazine "Southern Review" with Brooks in 1935. Warren won the Pulitzer Prize for "All the King's Men" in 1947, he won also the Pulitzer Prize for his poems in 1958 and 1979. He is the only writer, who won the Pulitzer Prize for both prose and poetry.