This essay explores the deep connections between Warren’s third novel and Norse mythology, particularly the Ragnarok myth. By comparing characters, settings, and events in the novel with various figures from Norse mythology, as well as Richard Wagner’s operatic interpretation of the Ragnarok myth Ring of the Nibelung, this paper contends that Warren employs Norse myths that mirror his own themes of balance and acceptance that run throughout his novel.
"Twilight of the Boss: All the King’s Men and Norse Mythology,"
Robert Penn Warren Studies: Vol. 9, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/rpwstudies/vol9/iss1/7