Read by Christopher Ragland, Liza Ross & Danny Swopes (Unabridged: 1hr 14mins)
Wallace James Stevens was born on October 2nd, 1879 in Reading, Pennsylvania.
His father, a lawyer, sent Wallace to Harvard as a non-degree special student, after which he moved<p>to New York City and worked briefly as a journalist.
From there he attended New York Law School and graduated in 1903. On a trip home to Reading in 1904 Stevens met Elsie Viola Kachel, a saleswoman, milliner, and stenographer.
After working for several New York law firms he was hired in January 1908, as a lawyer for the American Bonding Company.
After a 6 year courtship Wallace and Elsie married in 1909 over the objections of his parents. For Wallace it was a seismic event; he never spoke to his father again.
By 1914 Wallace had become the vice-president of the New York office of the Equitable Surety Company of St. Louis, Missouri. In 1916, he joined Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company and they moved to Hartford. His work was full-time and time for his poetry writing was in short supply.
From January 1922 made several business several visits to Key West, Florida. "The place is a paradise," he wrote to Elsie, "midsummer weather, the sky brilliantly clear and intensely blue, the sea blue and green beyond what you have ever seen."
In 1923 ‘Harmonium’ was published. At last, at age 38, he was an overnight success. His career was not prodigious in quantity but its quality was exceptional.
In March 1955 Wallace underwent various medical tests and an operation which resulted in a diagnosis of stomach cancer.
He travelled in early June to receive honorary Doctorates at Hartford and Yale.
Wallace was readmitted on July 21st to St. Francis Hospital where his condition deteriorated. Wallace Stevens died on the 2nd August 1955 at the age of 75.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955.
In this compilation -
|1 - The Poetry of Wallace Stevens - An Introduction
|2 - Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
|3 - Six Significant Landscapes by Wallace Stevens
|4 - Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock by Wallace Stevens
|5 - Two Figures in Dense Violet Light by Wallace Stevens
|6 - In The Carolinas by Wallace Stevens
|7 - Last Looks at the Lilacs by Wallace Stevens
|8 - Gray Room by Wallace Stevens
|9 - Tea At the Palaz of Hoon by Wallace Stevens
|10 - Hymn From A Watermelon Pavilion by Wallace Stevens
|11 - Domination of Black by Wallace Stevens
|12 - Anecdote of the Prince of Peacocks by Wallace Stevens
|13 - Anecdote of the Jar by Wallace Stevens
|14 - Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens
|15 - Phases by Wallace Stevens
|16 - Metaphors of a Magnifico by Wallace Stevens
|17 - Frogs Eat Butterflies, snakes Eat Frogs, Hogs Eat Snakes, Men Eat Hogs by Wallace Stevens
|18 - The Worm's At Heaven's Gate by Wallace Stevens
|19 - Tattoo by Wallace Stevens
|20 - Another Weeping Woman by Wallace Stevens
|21 - The High-toned Old Christian Woman by Wallace Stevens
|22 - To the One of Fictive Music by Wallace Stevens
|23 - Peter Quince at the Clavier by Wallace Stevens
|24 - The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens
|25 - The Wind Shifts by Wallace Stevens
|26 - The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens
|27 - Nomad Exquisite by Wallace Stevens
|28 - The Comedian as the Letter C by Wallace Stevens