Another particularly important period in Warren's career began in 1934, when he became Assistant Professor of English at Louisiana State University. His stay at LSU coincided with the height of Huey Long's power, and Warren had a chance to watch, first-hand, Long's political maneuverings. Critics have long tried to find the sources for Warren's fiction in his experiences, a tendency that has been fueled by the similarities between Willie Stark and Huey Long. It is true that All the King's Men seems to have had its genesis in 1937-38, while Warren was at LSU; his poetry certainly suggests that he was thinking seriously about decency, democracy, and power at the time. Cleanth Brooks was also at Louisiana State at this time, and Warren's collaboration with him produced several textbooks that had a major impact on literary study:
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