Wallace Stevens

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Wallace Stevens
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Born (1879-10-02)October 2, 1879
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died August 2, 1955(1955-08-02) (aged 75)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Poet, insurance executive
Nationality American
Period 1914–1955
Literary movement Modernism
Notable works Harmonium
"The Idea of Order at Key West"
"The Man With the Blue Guitar"
The Auroras of Autumn
"Of Modern Poetry"
Notable awards Robert Frost Medal (1951)
Spouse Elsie Viola Kachel (m. 1909–1955)
Children Holly Stevens (1924–1992)


Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955) was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955.

Some of his best-known poems include The Auroras of Autumn, "Anecdote of the Jar", "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock", "The Emperor of Ice-Cream", "The Idea of Order at Key West", "Sunday Morning", "The Snow Man", and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird".

Life and career[edit]

Education and marriage[edit]

The son of a prosperous lawyer, Stevens attended Harvard as a non-degree special student, after which he moved to New York City and briefly worked as a journalist, he then attended New York Law School, graduating in 1903. On a trip back to Reading in 1904 Stevens met Elsie Viola Kachel (1886–1963, also known as Elsie Moll), a young woman who had worked as a saleswoman, milliner, and stenographer,[1] after a long courtship, he married her in 1909 over the objections of his parents, who considered her lower-class. As The New York Times reported in an article in 2009, "Nobody from his family attended the wedding, and Stevens never again visited or spoke to his parents during his father’s lifetime." [2] A daughter, Holly, was born in 1924, she later edited her father's letters and a collection of his poems.[3]

Stevens' wife, Elsie, was a model for the national half dollar when the couple lived in New York City

In 1913, the Stevenses rented a New York City apartment from sculptor Adolph A. Weinman, who made a bust of Elsie. Her striking profile was later used on Weinman's 1916–1945 Mercury dime design and possibly for the head of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar; in later years Elsie Stevens began to exhibit symptoms of mental illness and the marriage suffered as a result, but the couple remained married.[2] In his biography of Stevens, Paul Mariani relates that the couple was largely estranged though living in the same home by the mid-1930s stating, "...there were signs of domestic fracture to consider. From the beginning Stevens, who had not shared a bedroom with his wife for years now, moved into the master bedroom with its attached study on the second floor."[4]


After working for several New York law firms from 1904 to 1907, he was hired on January 13, 1908, as a lawyer for the American Bonding Company.[5] By 1914 he had become the vice-president of the New York office of the Equitable Surety Company of St. Louis, Missouri.[6]

Stevens' Hartford residence.

When this job was abolished as a result of mergers in 1916, he joined the home office of Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company[7] and left New York City to live in Hartford, where he would remain the rest of his life. His first residence was located at 594 Prospect Avenue, but he remained there for only one year;[8] in 1917 Stevens and his wife moved to 210 Farmington Avenue where they remained for the next seven years and where he completed his first book of poems, Harmonium.[8] From 1924 to 1932 he resided at 735 Farmington Avenue;[9] in 1932 he purchased a 1920s Colonial at 118 Westerly Terrace where he resided for the remainder of his life.[9] According to his biographer Paul Mariani, Stevens was financially independent as an insurance executive earning by the mid-1930s "$20,000 a year, equivalent to about $350,000 today (2016). And this a time (the Great Depression) when many Americans were out of work, searching through trash cans for food."[10]

By 1934, he had been named vice-president of the company,[11] after he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955, he was offered a faculty position at Harvard but declined since it would have required him to give up his vice-presidency of The Hartford.[12]


From 1922 to 1940, Stevens made numerous visits to Key West, Florida, where he generally lodged at the Casa Marina, a hotel on the Atlantic Ocean, he first visited in January 1922, while on a business trip. "The place is a paradise," he wrote to Elsie, "midsummer weather, the sky brilliantly clear and intensely blue, the sea blue and green beyond what you have ever seen."[13] The influence of Key West upon Stevens's poetry is evident in many of the poems published in his first two collections, Harmonium and Ideas of Order.[14] In February 1935, Stevens encountered the poet Robert Frost at the Casa Marina, the two men argued, and Frost reported that Stevens had been drunk and acted inappropriately.[15] According to his biographer Paul Mariani, Stevens often visited speakeasy establishments during the prohibition with both lawyer friends and poetry acquaintances.[16]

The following year, Stevens was in an altercation with Ernest Hemingway at a party at the Waddell Avenue home of a mutual acquaintance in Key West.[17] Stevens broke his hand, apparently from hitting Hemingway's jaw, and was repeatedly knocked to the street by Hemingway. Stevens later apologized.[18] Paul Mariani, a biographer of Stevens, relates this as,

"... directly in front of Stevens was the very nemesis of his Imagination-- the antipoet poet (Hemingway), the poet of extraordinary reality, as Stevens would later call him, which put him in the same category as that other antipoet, William Carlos Williams, except that Hemingway was fifteen years younger and much faster than Williams, and far less friendly. So it began, with Stevens swinging at the bespectacled Hemingway, who seemed to weave like a shark, and Papa hitting him one-two and Stevens going down 'spectacularly,' as Hemingway would remember it, into a puddle of fresh rainwater."[19]

In 1940, Stevens made his final trip to Key West. Frost was at the Casa Marina again, and again the two men argued,[20] as related by Paul Mariani in his biography of Stevens the exchange in Key West in February 1940 included the following comments: Stevens: "Your poems are too academic," Frost: "Your poems are too executive." Stevens: "The trouble with you Robert, is that you write about subjects." Frost: "The trouble with you, Wallace, is that you write about bric-a-brac."[21]

Post-war poetry[edit]

By late February of 1947 with Stevens approaching 67 years of age, it became apparent that Stevens had completed the most productive ten years of his life in writing poetry. February 1947 saw the publication of his volume of poems titled Transport to Summer, which was positively received by F. O. Mathiessen writing for The New York Times; in the eleven years immediately preceding its publication, Stevens had written three volumes of poems including Ideas of Order, The Man with the Blue Guitar, Parts of the World, along with Transport to Summer. These were all written before Stevens would take up the writing of his well-received poem titled The Auroras of Autumn.[22]

Last illness and death[edit]

As reported by his biographer Paul Mariani, Stevens had a large corpulent figure throughout most of his life standing at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing as much as 240 pounds, which required some treating doctors to put him on medical diets during his lifetime,[23] on March 28, 1955 Stevens went to see Dr. James Moher for accumulating detriments to his health.[24] Dr. Moher's examination did not reveal anything and ordered Stevens to undergo an x-ray and barium enema on April 1, neither of which showed anything.[24] On April 19 Stevens underwent a G.I. series that revealed diverticulitis, a gallstone, and a severely bloated stomach. Stevens was admitted to St. Francis Hospital and on April 26 he was operated on by Dr. Benedict Landry.[24]

It was determined that Stevens was suffering from stomach cancer in the lower region by the large intestines and blocking the normal digestion of food. Lower tract oncology of a malignant nature was almost always a mortal diagnosis in the 1950s, although this direct information was withheld from Stevens even though his daughter Holly was fully informed and advised not to tell her father. Stevens was released in a temporarily improved ambulatory condition on May 11 and returned to his home on Westerly Terrace to recuperate, his wife insisted on trying to attend to him as he recovered but she had suffered a stroke in the previous winter and she was not able to assist as she had hoped. Stevens entered the Avery Convalescent Hospital on May 20.[25]

By early June he was still sufficiently stable that on June 9 he attended a ceremony at the University of Hartford where he received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Hartt College of Music,[25] on June 13 he traveled to New Haven to receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Yale University.[25] On June 20 he returned to his home at Westerly Terrace and also insisted on returning to work for limited hours during the work day,[26] on July 21 Stevens was readmitted to St. Francis Hospital and his condition deteriorated,[27] on August 1, though bedridden, he had revived sufficiently to speak some parting words to his daughter before falling asleep after normal visiting hours were over; he was found deceased the following morning on August 2, 1955 at eight-thirty in the morning.[28] He is buried in Hartford's Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Paul Mariani in his biography of Stevens, indicates that friends of Stevens were aware that throughout his years and many visits to New York City that Stevens was in the habit of visiting St Patrick's Cathedral for meditative purposes while in New York. Stevens debated questions of theodicy with Fr. Arthur Hanley during his final weeks, and was eventually converted to Catholicism in April 1955 by Fr. Arthur Hanley, chaplain of St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, where Stevens spent his last days suffering from stomach cancer,[29][30] this purported deathbed conversion is disputed, particularly by Stevens's daughter, Holly, who was not present at the time of the conversion according to Fr. Hanley,[31] the conversion has been confirmed by both Fr. Hanley and a witnessing nun present at the time of the conversion and communion.[32][33] Stevens's obituary in the local newspaper was minimal at the request of the family as to the details of his death, the obituary for Stevens which appeared in Poetry magazine was assigned to William Carlos Williams who felt it suitable and justified to compare the poetry of his deceased friend to the writings of Dante in his Vita Nuova and to Milton in his Paradise Lost.[34]

Political views[edit]

Stevens was politically conservative[35][36] and described by the critic William York Tindall as a Republican in the mould of Robert A. Taft.[37]


Stevens is a rare example of a poet whose main output came largely only as he approached forty years of age, his first major publication (four poems from a sequence entitled "Phases" in the November 1914 edition of Poetry)[38] was written at age 35, although as an undergraduate at Harvard, Stevens had written poetry and exchanged sonnets with George Santayana, with whom he was close through much of his life. Many of his canonical works were written well after he turned 50. According to the literary critic Harold Bloom, who called Stevens the "best and most representative" American poet of the time,[39] no Western writer since Sophocles has had such a late flowering of artistic genius. His contemporary, Harriet Monroe, termed Stevens "a poet, rich and numerous and profound, provocative of joy, creative beauty in those who can respond to Him".[40] Helen Vendler notes that there are three distinguishable moods present in Stevens' long poems: ecstasy, apathy, and reluctance between ecstasy and apathy.[41] She also notes that his poetry was highly influenced by the paintings of Paul Klee and Paul Cézanne:

Stevens saw in the paintings of both Paul Klee—who was his favorite painter—and Cézanne the kind of work he wanted to do himself as a Modernist poet. Klee had imagined symbols. Klee is not a directly realistic painter and is full of whimsical and fanciful and imaginative and humorous projections of reality in his paintings, the paintings are often enigmatic or full of riddles, and Stevens liked that as well. What Stevens liked in Cézanne was the reduction, you might say, of the world to a few monumental objects.[42]

Stevens's first book of poetry, a volume of rococo inventiveness titled Harmonium, was published in 1923, and republished in a second edition in 1930. Two more books of his poetry were produced during the 1920s and 1930s and three more in the 1940s, he received the annual National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1951 for The Auroras of Autumn[43][44] and in 1955 for Collected Poems.[45][46]

Imagination and reality[edit]

In writing for the Southern Review, Hi Simons typified much of the early Stevens as being a juvenile romantic subjectivist before becoming a realist and naturalist in his more mature and more widely recognized idiom of later years.[47] Stevens, whose work became meditative and philosophical, became very much a poet of ideas.[39] "The poem must resist the intelligence / Almost successfully,"[48] he wrote. Concerning the relation between consciousness and the world, in Stevens's work "imagination" is not equivalent to consciousness nor is "reality" equivalent to the world as it exists outside our minds. Reality is the product of the imagination as it shapes the world, because it is constantly changing as we attempt to find imaginatively satisfying ways to perceive the world, reality is an activity, not a static object. We approach reality with a piecemeal understanding, putting together parts of the world in an attempt to make it seem coherent. To make sense of the world is to construct a worldview through an active exercise of the imagination, this is no dry, philosophical activity, but a passionate engagement in finding order and meaning. Thus Stevens would write in "The Idea of Order at Key West",

Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of the sea,
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and of our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.[49]

In his book Opus Posthumous, Stevens writes, "After one has abandoned a belief in God, poetry is that essence which takes its place as life’s redemption." [50] But as the poet attempts to find a fiction to replace the lost gods, he immediately encounters a problem: a direct knowledge of reality is not possible.

Stevens suggests that we live in the tension between the shapes we take as the world acts upon us and the ideas of order that our imagination imposes upon the world, the world influences us in our most normal activities: "The dress of a woman of Lhassa, / In its place, / Is an invisible element of that place / Made visible."[51] Likewise, were we to place a jar on a hill in Tennessee, we would impose an order onto the landscape.

As Stevens says in his essay "Imagination as Value", "The truth seems to be that we live in concepts of the imagination before the reason has established them."[52] The imagination is the mechanism by which we unconsciously conceptualize the normal patterns of life, while reason is the way we consciously conceptualize these patterns.

Supreme fiction[edit]

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction is a lyrical poetic work of three parts, containing 10 poems each, with a preface and epilogue opening and closing the entire work of three parts. It was first published in 1942 and is Stevens's most complete effort to state his view of the art of writing poetry. Stevens studied the art of poetic expression in many of his writings and poems including The Necessary Angel where he stated,

The imagination loses vitality as it ceases to adhere to what is real. When it adheres to the unreal and intensifies what is unreal, while its first effect may be extraordinary, that effect is the maximum effect that it will ever have.[53]

Throughout his poetic career, Stevens was concerned with the question of what to think about the world now that our old notions of religion no longer suffice, his solution might be summarized by the notion of a "Supreme Fiction", an idea that would serve as a fictive replacement for the idea of God, known to be fictive but willfully believed.[54] In this example from the satirical "A High-Toned Old Christian Woman", Stevens plays with the notions of immediately accessible, but ultimately unsatisfying, notions of reality:

Poetry is the supreme Fiction, madame.
Take the moral law and make a nave of it
And from the nave build haunted heaven. Thus,
The conscience is converted into palms
Like windy citherns, hankering for hymns.
We agree in principle. That’s clear, but take
The opposing law and make a peristyle,
And from the peristyle project a masque
Beyond the planets. Thus, our bawdiness,
Unpurged by epitaph, indulged at last,
Is equally converted into palms,
Squiggling like saxophones. And palm for palm,
Madame, we are where we began.[55]

The saxophones squiggle because, as J. Hillis Miller says of Stevens in his book, Poets of Reality, the theme of universal fluctuation is a constant theme throughout Stevens's poetry: "A great many of Stevens' poems show an object or group of objects in aimless oscillation or circling movement.”[56] In the end, reality remains.

The supreme fiction is that conceptualization of reality that seems to resonate in its rightness, so much so that it seems to have captured, if only for a moment, something actual and real.

I am the angel of reality,
seen for a moment standing in the door.
I am the necessary angel of earth,
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again,
Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set,
And, in my hearing, you hear its tragic drone
Rise liquidly in liquid lingerings,
Like watery words awash;
an apparition appareled in
Apparels of such lightest look that a turn
Of my shoulder and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?[57]

In one of his last poems, "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour", Stevens describes the experience of an idea which satisfies the imagination, "This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous. / It is in that thought that we collect ourselves, / Out of all the indifferences, into one thing.” This one thing is “a light, a power, the miraculous influence" wherein we can forget ourselves, sensing a comforting order, "A knowledge, that which arranged the rendezvous, / within its vital boundary, in the mind."[58]

Secular criticism of religion[edit]

Imaginative knowledge of the type described in "Final Soliloquy" necessarily exists within the mind, since it is an aspect of the imagination which can never attain a direct experience of reality.

We say God and the imagination are one . . .
How high that highest candle lights the dark.
Out of this same light, out of the central mind
We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.[58]

Stevens concludes that God is a human creation, but that feeling of rightness which for so long a time existed with the idea of God may be accessed again, this supreme fiction will be something equally central to our being, but contemporary to our lives, in a way that God can never again be. But with the right idea, we may again find the same sort of solace that we once found in divinity. "[Stevens] finds, too, a definite value in the complete contact with reality. Only, in fact, by this stark knowledge can he attain his own spiritual self that can resist the disintegrating forces of life . . . . Powerful force though the mind is . . . it cannot find the absolutes. Heaven lies about the seeing man in his sensuous apprehension of the world . . .; everything about him is part of the truth." [59]

. . . Poetry
Exceeding music must take the place
Of empty heaven and its hymns,
Ourselves in poetry must take their place[60]

In this way, Stevens's poems adopt attitudes that are corollaries to those earlier spiritual longings that persist in the unconscious currents of the imagination. "The poem refreshes life so that we share, / For a moment, the first idea . . . It satisfies / Belief in an immaculate beginning / And sends us, winged by an unconscious will, / To an immaculate end."[61] The "first idea" is that essential reality that stands before all others, that essential truth; but since all knowledge is contingent on its time and place, that supreme fiction will surely be transitory. This is the necessary angel of subjective reality—a reality that must always be qualified—and as such, always misses the mark to some degree—always contains elements of unreality.

Miller summarizes Stevens's position: "Though this dissolving of the self is in one way the end of everything, in another way it is the happy liberation. There are only two entities left now that the gods are dead: man and nature, subject and object. Nature is the physical world, visible, audible, tangible, present to all the senses, and man is consciousness, the nothing which receives nature and transforms it into something unreal . . . ."[62]

Literary influence[edit]

From the first, critics and fellow poets praised Stevens. Hart Crane wrote to a friend in 1919, after reading some of the poems that would make up Harmonium, "There is a man whose work makes most of the rest of us quail."[63] The Poetry Foundation states that "by the early 1950s Stevens was regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary poets, an artist whose precise abstractions exerted substantial influence on other writers."[64] Some critics, like Randall Jarrell and Yvor Winters, praised Stevens' early work but were critical of his more abstract and philosophical later poems.[65][66]

Harold Bloom, Helen Vendler, and Frank Kermode are among the critics who have cemented Stevens’s position in the canon as one of the key figures of 20th-century American Modernist poetry.[42] Bloom has called Stevens "a vital part of the American mythology" and unlike Winters and Jarrell, Bloom has cited Stevens's later poems, like "Poems of our Climate," as being among Stevens's best poems.[64]

In commenting on the place of Stevens among contemporary poets and previous poets, his biographer Paul Mariani stated, "Stevens's real circle of philosopher-poets included Pound and Eliot as well as Milton and the great romantics. By extension, E. E. Cummings was a mere shodow of a poet, while Blackmur (a contemporary critic and publisher) did not even deign to mention Williams, Moore, or Hart Crane."[67]

In popular culture[edit]

In 1976, at Atelier Crommelynck, David Hockney produced a portfolio of twenty etchings called The Blue Guitar: Etchings By David Hockney Who Was Inspired By Wallace Stevens Who Was Inspired By Pablo Picasso.[68] The etchings refer to themes of a poem by Stevens, "The Man With The Blue Guitar". Petersburg Press published the portfolio in October 1977; in the same year Petersburg also published a book in which the poem's text accompanied the images.[69]

Both titles of an early story by John Crowley, first published in 1978 as "Where Spirits Gat Them Home", later collected in 1993 as "Her Bounty to the Dead", come from "Sunday Morning".

The titles of two novels by D. E. Tingle, Imperishable Bliss (2009) and A Chant of Paradise (2014), come from "Sunday Morning".

John Irving quotes Stevens's poem "The Plot Against the Giant" in his novel The Hotel New Hampshire.

Gloria Naylor quotes his poem "Cuisine Bourgeoise" in her novel "Linden Hills".

In Terrence Malick's film Badlands, the nicknames of the protagonists are Red and Kit, a possible reference to Stevens's poem, "Red Loves Kit".

Nick Cave cited the lines "And the waves, the waves were soldiers moving" in his song "We Call Upon the Author". They come from Stevens's poem "Dry Loaf".

Vic Chesnutt recorded a song named "Wallace Stevens" on his album North Star Deserter. The song references Stevens's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird".

Fred Hersch recorded a piece named "Thirteen Ways" for piano, clarinet, and percussion on his album of the same name. The album notes state that the piece was inspired by Stevens's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird".

Julie Beman, a songwriter based in Hartford, Connecticut, wrote a song called "Hey There, Wallace Stevens", the song references Stevens's poems "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and "The Man with the Blue Guitar".

Israeli songwriter Shlomo Artzi references "The Man with the Blue Guitar" in his song "Romantic Story" ("The man with the blue guitar lifted his shirt to the stars").

Stephen King quoted Stevens's poem "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" in his novel 'Salem's Lot.

Australian musician Scott Kilminster named one of his albums "The Emperor of Ice-Cream".

Famed film, music, and literary critic Nicholas A. McCarthy has been quoted[by whom?] as saying "Wallace Stevens is the Lance Storm and Dean Malenko of the 20th century poetry world".

See also[edit]

"The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws"


During his lifetime, Stevens received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including:



  • Three Travelers Watch a Sunrise (1916)


  1. ^ The Contemplated Spouse: The Letters of Wallace Stevens to Elsie Kachel", edited by J. Donald Blount (The University of South Carolina Press, 2006)
  2. ^ a b Vendler, Helen (August 23, 2009). "The Plain Sense of Things". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Joan. Wallace Stevens: The Later Years, 1923-1955, New York: Beech Tree Books, 1988, p. 22.
  4. ^ Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016. Page 174.
  5. ^ Richardson, Joan. Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923, New York: Beech Tree Books, 1986, p. 276.
  6. ^ Richardson, The Early Years, supra, p. 424.
  7. ^ Richardson, The Early Years, supra, p. 445
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  9. ^ a b [2]
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  11. ^ Richardson, The Later Years, supra, p. 87.
  12. ^ Richardson, The Later Years, supra, p. 423.
  13. ^ Letters of Wallace Stevens, selected and edited by Holly Stevens
  14. ^ The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens: "O Florida, Venereal Soil," "The Idea of Order at Key West," "Farewell to Florida"
  15. ^ The Trouble with Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens, an April 14, 2009 article from the website of the Key West Literary Seminar
  16. ^ Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016.
  17. ^ Hemingway Knocked Wallace Stevens into a Puddle and Bragged About It, a March 20, 2008 article from the website of the Key West Literary Seminar
  18. ^ Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917-1961, ed. Carlos Baker
  19. ^ Paul Mariani. Biography of Wallace Stevens. Page 207.
  20. ^ Robert Frost: A Life, by Jay Parini
  21. ^ Paul Mariani. Biography of Wallace Stevens. Caption to illustration #17, after page 212.
  22. ^ Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016. Page 312.
  23. ^ Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016. Pages 152-181.
  24. ^ a b c Peter Brazeau, Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (New York: Random House, 1983), 289.
  25. ^ a b c Peter Brazeau, Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (New York: Random House, 1983), 290.
  26. ^ Peter Brazeau, Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (New York: Random House, 1983), 291.
  27. ^ Peter Brazeau, Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (New York: Random House, 1983), 293.
  28. ^ Peter Brazeau, Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (New York: Random House, 1983), 296.
  29. ^ Letter from Father Arthur Hanley to Professor Janet McCann, July 24, 1977
  30. ^ Maria J. Cirurgião, “Last Farewell and First Fruits: The Story of a Modern Poet.” Lay Witness (June 2000).
  31. ^ Peter Brazeau, Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered, New York, Random House, 1983, p. 295
  32. ^ Letter from James Wm. Chichetto to Helen Vendler, September 2, 2009, cited in a footnote to "Deathbed conversion".
  33. ^ Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016. Pages 398-408.
  34. ^ Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016. Page 405.
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  39. ^ a b "Old New Haven", Juliet Lapidos, The Advocate, March 17, 2005
  40. ^ Review of 'Others Again 'ed. by Alfred Kreymborg in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse 1915
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  43. ^ Richardson, The Later Years, supra, p. 378.
  44. ^ "National Book Awards – 1951". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
    (With acceptance speech by Stevens and essay by Katie Peterson from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  45. ^ "National Book Awards – 1955". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
    (With acceptance speech by Stevens and linked essay by Neil Baldwin from the Awards 50-year celebration series.)
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  47. ^ Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016. Pages 239.
  48. ^ Stevens, Wallace. Collected Poetry and Prose, New York: Library of America, 1997 (Kermode, F., & Richardson, J., eds.), p. 306.
  49. ^ Stevens, Collected Poetry and Prose, supra, p. 106.
  50. ^ Stevens, Wallace. Opus Posthumous, London: Faber and Faber, 1990 (Milton J. Bates, ed.), p. 185.
  51. ^ Stevens, Collected Poetry and Prose, supra, p. 41.
  52. ^ Stevens, Wallace. The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination, Random House USA Paperbacks (Feb 1965) ISBN 978-0-394-70278-0
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  59. ^ Southworth, James G. Some Modern American Poets, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1950, p. 92.
  60. ^ Stevens, Collected Poetry and Prose, supra, p. 136-37.
  61. ^ Stevens, Collected Poetry and Prose, supra, p. 330-31.
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  69. ^ Hockney, David; Stevens, Wallace (January 1, 1977). The Blue Guitar: Etchings By David Hockney Who Was Inspired By Wallace Stevens Who Was Inspired By Pablo Picasso. Petersburg Ltd. ISBN 978-0902825031. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
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Further reading[edit]

  • Baird, James. The Dome and the Rock: Structure in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens (1968)
  • Bates, Milton J. Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self (1985)
  • Beckett, Lucy. Wallace Stevens (1974)
  • Beehler, Michael. T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and the Discourses of Difference (1987)
  • Benamou, Michel. Wallace Stevens and the Symbolist Imagination (1972)
  • Berger, Charles. Forms of Farewell: The Late Poetry of Wallace Stevens (1985)
  • Bevis, William W. Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature (1988)
  • Blessing, Richard Allen. Wallace Stevens' "Whole Harmonium" (1970)
  • Bloom, Harold. Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate (1980)
  • Bloom, Harold. Figures of Capable Imagination (1976)
  • Borroff, Marie, ed. Wallace Stevens: A Collection of Critical Essays (1963)
  • Brazeau, Peter. Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (1983)
  • Brogan, Jacqueline V. The Violence Within/The Violence Without: Wallace Stevens and the Emergence of a Revolutionary Poetics (2003)
  • Critchley, Simon. Things Merely Are: Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens (2005)
  • Carroll, Joseph. Wallace Stevens' Supreme Fiction: A New Romanticism (1987)
  • Doggett, Frank. Stevens' Poetry of Thought (1966)
  • Doggett, Frank. Wallace Stevens: The Making of the Poem (1980)
  • Doggett, Frank (Ed.), Buttel, Robert (Ed.). Wallace Stevens: A Celebration (1980)
  • Kermode, Frank. Wallace Stevens (1960)
  • Galgano, Andrea. L'armonia segreta di Wallace Stevens, in Mosaico (2013)
  • Grey, Thomas. The Wallace Stevens Case: Law and the Practice of Poetry Harvard University Press (1991)
  • Ehrenpreis, Irvin (Ed.). Wallace Stevens: A Critical Anthology (1973)
  • Enck, John J. Wallace Stevens: Images and Judgments (1964)
  • Filreis, Alan. Modernism from Right to Left: Wallace Stevens, the Thirties & Literary Radicalism (1994)
  • Hines, Thomas J.. The Later Poetry of Wallace Stevens: Phenomenological Parallels With Husserl and Heidegger (1976)
  • Hockney, David. The Blue Guitar (1977)
  • Kessler, Edward, "Images of Wallace Stevens" (1972)
  • Leggett, B.J. Early Stevens: The Nietzschean Intertext (1992)
  • Leonard, J.S. & Wharton, C.E. The Fluent Mundo: Wallace Stevens and the Structure of Reality (1988)
  • Litz, A. Walton. "Introspective Voyager: The Poetic Development of Wallace Stevens" (1972)
  • Longenbach, James. Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things (1991)
  • Mariani, Paul. The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens – April 5, 2016.
  • MacLeod, Glen. "Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism" (1993)
  • McCann, Janet. Wallace Stevens Revisited: The Celestial Possible (1996)
  • Ragg, Edward. "Wallace Stevens and the Aesthetics of Abstraction" (2010)
  • Tanaka, Hiroshi. "A New Attempt of an American Poet: Wallace Stevens." In Papers on British and American Literature and Culture: From Perspectives of Transpacific American Studies. Ed. Tatsushi Narita. Nagoya: Kougaku Shuppan, 2007. 59-68.
  • Vendler, Helen. On Extended Wings: Wallace Stevens' Longer Poems Harvard University Press (1969)
  • Vendler, Helen. Wallace Stevens: Words Chosen out of Desire Harvard University Press (1986)
  • Woodman, Leonora. Stanza My Stone: Wallace Stevens and the Hermetic Tradition (1983)

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