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Late Stevens: The Final Fiction (Hardcover)

B.J. Leggett

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Hardcover. If one no longer believes in God (as truth), Wallace Stevens once wrote, it is not possible merely to disbelieve; it becomes necessary to believe in something else.I say that one's final.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 170 pages. 0.372. Bookseller Inventory # 9780807130575

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Title: Late Stevens: The Final Fiction (Hardcover)

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If one no longer believes in God (as truth), Wallace Stevens once wrote, it is not possible merely to disbelieve; it becomes necessary to believe in something else... I say that one's final belief must be in a fiction. Stevens addressed the concept of a supreme fiction throughout much of his career, but many critics feel that his poems never realized that concept beyond a theoretical possibility. B. J. Leggett argues that Stevens did indeed achieve the supreme fiction in his often overlooked late poems. To share in the poet's vision, though, Leggett finds that readers must understand the ingenious intertext that runs through this culminating body of work. After three volumes of difficult and abstract poetry, Stevens in the last five years of his life reverted to a style that is refreshingly personal and accessible. Leggett gives close examination to The Rock, which is the closing section of Stevens's Collected Poems, and to the uncollected poems published as Opus Posthumous, supplying readers with the motifs, conventions, texts, and fictions - or intertext - on which these works' significance depends. late poems, one that is not always explicitly present but that is based on the supreme fiction. It is here that Stevens gives form to his belief. Leggett traces the development of this fiction and demonstrates how knowledge of its presence dramatically changes the interpretation of key poems. A book for all who thought they knew this poet, Late Stevens makes for provocative reading.

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B. J. Leggett has written widely on British and American twentieth-century poets and is the author of five previous books. He is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee.

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