All the King's Men Book Summary and Study Guide

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Published in 1946 and the winner of a Pulitzer, this novel is narrated by Jack Burden, a journalist and political lackey who serves Willie Stark -- a Louisiana political boss modeled on Huey Long. Jack looks back on his life, and considers the woman he loved, Anne Stanton, who has become one of Stark's mistresses, as he moves forward through a thicket of political intrigue, blackmail, betrayals, suicide and assassination. The story revolves around knowledge -- partial versus complete, subjective versus objective -- and what people do or fail to do based on their imperfect piece of the picture. My favorite line: "Goodbye, Anne; and I forgive you for everything I did to you."
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   fighting government corruption Life of a profession:    -   politician Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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