Wallace Stevens


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Publication details of Of Mere Being:

Appeared in the volume The Palm at the End of the Mind, which was published in 1967

Other literary works include:

Harmonium (1923).
Ideas of Order (1935).
The Man With the Blue Guitar (1937).
Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction (1942).
The Necessary Angel (1951).



2nd October, 1879, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.

Early years:

Stevens was the decendant of German settlers, and his struggle with a puritanical upbringing shaped the first four decades of his life.


He attended Harvard as an undergraduate and recieved a law degree from New York Law School.


Stevens was admitted to the U.S. Bar in 1904. He worked for the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co. in Connecticut, of which he became vice president in 1934. At the same time, Stevens was beginning to show a flair for writing - so much so that he began to establish an identity for himself outside the world of law and business. In November, 1914, four of his poems were included in a special wartime issue of Poetry. Nine years later, he published his own book of poems, Harmonium.

Final years:

From the early 1940s, Stevens entered a period of creativity that continued until his death. He turned gradually away from the playful use of language to more reflective, though abstract style. In 1946, he was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1950, he received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry. In 1955 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.


2nd august, 1955, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Stevens-related web-sites:

Poets.org - Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

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