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Cleanth Brooks

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985

Duration: 00:26:28

Subjects: Brooks, Cleanth, 1906-1994 | Critics | Literature | The Southern Review | Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 | Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980 | Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Grigsby, Kathryn Producer
  • Brooks, Cleanth Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from 1985 features an interview with Cleanth Brooks conducted by Gus Weill. Brooks, a former LSU professor, is a famous literary critic. He served as a co-editor of the “Southern Review” with Robert Penn Warren from 1935-1942. Brooks discusses: the lifespan of the “Southern Review” from its creation in 1935 to its last issue in 1942; the Baton Rouge literary community during the Great Depression; his interactions with authors Robert Penn Warren, Katherine Ann Porter, and Eudora Welty; and the importance of literacy.