Wallace Stevens (Writers and critics)

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9780070342026: Wallace Stevens (Writers and critics)

THE VOICE OF THE POET

A remarkable series of audiobooks, featuring distinguished twentieth-century American poets reading from their own work. A first in audiobook publishing--a series that uses the written word to enhance the listening experience--poetry to be read as well as heard. Each audiobook includes rare archival recordings and a book with the text of the poetry, a bibliography, and commentary by J. D. McClatchy, the poet and critic, who is the editor of The Yale Review.

"Hearing poetry spoken by the poet is always a unique illumination. This series opens our ears to some of the most passionate utterances and enthralling performances ever recorded."--Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize winner, Poetry

"There has been a great need for a well-edited audio series for poetry, with high literary and technical quality. J. D. McClatchy has filled this need with great style."--Robert Pinsky

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This study, first published in 1960, aims to show how to read Stevens. There have since been many critical accounts of Stevens, which are listed in the bibliography. Kermode also wrote an introduction for this new edition of his essay in which he recalls how insecure Stevens' reputation was in the 1950s. Frank Kermode edited the "Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot" and he is the author of "History and Value". He is a regular contributor to "Partisan Review", "New Statesman" and "The London Review of Books", as well as co-editor of "Encounter" magazine.

About the Author:

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) was a giant in the history of American poetry, at once an exhilarating modernist dandy and a champion of earlier Romantic traditions. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he spent his professional life as an inusrance company executive, but kept a sharp divide between his business and literary interests. A private man, he composed his poems while walking to and from work and at home tended to his garden and his collection of French books and paintings. All the while, there stirred in his mind an intense sensuality as well as a somber realization of human limits. He poured it into poems that stand now as landmarks in our cluture, poems that sing of the power of the imagination to both transform and transcend reality. For Stevens, poems were meant to quicken our sense of the world, to refresh us, to take us back to an "immaculate beginning," to give each of us "a new knowledge of reality." And so they do: the work of Wallace Stevens is of glittering, challenging, ultimately consoling richness.

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