Wallace stevens reading his poems


Though he had serious determination to become a successful lawyer, Stevens had several friends among the New York writers and painters in Greenwich Village, including the poets William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, and E. E. Cummings.

In her exploration of the psychology of this private poet, Johnson delves into his great disappointment in the woman he married, examining three bitter poems he wrote about their failed relationship, poems he chose not to include in his books of poetry. Unwilling to divorce his wife, perhaps in part because of her emotional problems, Stevens nevertheless moved beyond his marital frustrations to focus upon the good in his life, finding joy not only in writing poetry, but also in nature, fine food, music, and art, as is clear in the memorable passages Johnson chooses from Stevens’s voluminous, engaging, and witty correspondence.


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