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The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781451624373
Author(s): Paul Mariani
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions: 160 x 234 x 36 (w x l x h)
Pages: 496

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A perceptive, enlightening biography of one the most important American poets of the twentieth century Wallace Stevens as seen through his lifelong quest to find and describe the sublime in the human experience. Wallace Stevens lived a richly imaginative life that found expression in his poetry. His philosophical questioning, spiritual depth, and brilliantly inventive use of language would be profound influences on poets as diverse as William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Ashbery. The Whole Harmonium presents Stevens within the living context of his times, as well as the creator of a poetry which has had a profound and lasting impact on the modern imagination itself. Stevens established his career as an executive even as he wrote his poetry, becoming a vice president with an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. His first and most influential book, Harmonium, was not published until he was forty-four years old. In these poems, Stevens drew on his interest in and understanding of modernism. Over time he became acquainted with the most accomplished of his contemporaries, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams among them, but his personal style remained unique. He endured an increasingly unhappy marriage, losing himself by writing poetry in his study. Yet he had a witty, comic, and Dionysian side to his personality, including long fishing (and drinking) trips to Florida with his pals and a f
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