Warren was born on a tobacco farm in Guthrie, Kentucky in 1905. He spent all of his childhood there listening to his grandfather’s tales of the civil war. His prosperous southern upbringing later influenced the depth and views of his writings. When he was fifteen a misaimed rock, thrown by his younger brother, hit him in the eye, causing him to lose site. Warren did not want to get his brother in trouble so he didn’t tell anyone about this incident until it was too late to for the eye to be c..