Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things

Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things

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Most readers of Wallace Stevens wonder at his 'double life'; the poet and the lawyer who worked in the insurance business. But Longenbach argues that Stevens lived no such double life. By examining a full range of Stevens' writing in the context of American political and intellectual history, Longenbach's book reveals for the first time a poet who was not only aware of events taking place around him but whose work was often inspired by those events. While the focus is on Stevens, and the historical events and ideological debates around him, poets like Eliot, Williams, Marianne Moore, and Burke are also examined.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 132.1 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 453.6g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195070224
  • 9780195070224
  • 1,781,368

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'This distinguished book sets forth the Stevens that we will be reading for at least the next three decades: a Stevens in close touch with political and social conditions, a Stevens whose poetry arises from the texture of his times.'-Louis Martz
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' ... important new study ... his book is to be welcomed as a serious and very worthwhile attempt to address Stevens's whole career in its relation to contemporary ideas and events ... it is a timely and considerable virtue of the book to direct critical attention towards those circumstances of the peoms which have cone so long, and so oddly, unnoticed.'
Peter McDonald. University of Bristol. Reviews of English Studies Vol. 45. No. 180. Nov '94
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