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Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923

Richardson, Joan

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ISBN 10: 0688054013 / ISBN 13: 9780688054014
Published by Beech Tree Books, 1986
Condition: Collectible: Like New Hardcover
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Title: Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923

Publisher: Beech Tree Books

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Like New

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Uses Stevens' journals and letters, and the reminiscences of friends, family members and colleagues to recount the second half of the American poet's life

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Stevens claimed that he never read other poets, yet, as this massive biography reveals, he held imaginary dialogues with his favorite "man-poets," Hardy and Plato among them. A successful insurance executive and man of letters, he had a precarious sense of self and attempted in his verse to define an ideal self abstracted from his humdrum, bourgeois world. Combining psychobiography and criticism, this first half of a two-volume work argues that Stevens made his wife into a mother figure because he was unable to integrate the feminine into his psyche. The poet comes across as demanding, priggish, miserly, aloof, but the real subject here is the process of his mind, how his arresting images crystallized, and how they amplified or concealed his inner self. Richardson's dense, wordy study rewards the patient reader. No other book gets into the workings of Stevens's imagination so deeply. The author, a professor at City University of New York, has uncovered fascinating material on Stevens's meeting with Dada artist Duchamp and his borrowings from commedia dell'arte. (September
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