Fans fantasize about great pitcher-batter match-ups and avid sports readers cherish their favorite author-subject pairings. In our opinion, John Updike on Ted Williams ranks right up there with . Liebling on Bob Gibson. Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu recovers a neglected little classic just in time: Updike prepared this commemorative edition only a few months before his recent death. To his original essay, written when he was just 28, the award-winning author added an autobiographical preface and a substantial new afterword. An essay that would make even Ted Williams proud.
His first marriage was to Emma Brescia. His second marriage was in 1952 to Eleanor Clark , with whom he had two children, Rosanna Phelps Warren (born 1953) and Gabriel Penn Warren (born 1955). During his tenure at Louisiana State University he resided at Twin Oaks (otherwise known as the Robert Penn Warren House ) in Prairieville, Louisiana.  He lived the latter part of his life in Fairfield, Connecticut , and Stratton, Vermont where he died of complications from bone cancer. He is buried at Stratton, Vermont, and, at his request, a memorial marker is situated in the Warren family gravesite in Guthrie, Kentucky.