Synopses & Reviews
Robert Penn Warren's Night Rider is a novel set during the "tobacco wars" that raged over the low prices paid to farmers by the tobacco conglomerates, in the early part of this century in Kentucky and Tennessee. Percy Munn is one of Warren's innocent idealists, whose delusions become murderous as he attempts to define himself by action in the unfolding violence around him. The story of "Mr. Munn's" gradual recognition of his own guilt seems to be illuminated in the torchlight of rural violence.
"[A] very brilliant, powerful, and profound novel." The New Republic
"The book is at all times abosrbing. It is in addition an important milestone in the development of the American novel." Nation
Warren's first novel set in the tobacco wars of Kentucky in the early 20th century.