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Publisher's Summary

An essential book for all lovers of poetry, and the definitive collection from the man Harold Bloom has called “the best and most representative American poet". 

Originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens’ 57th birthday, the book was rushed into print for the occasion and contained scores of errors. These have now been corrected in one place for the first time by Stevens scholars John N. Serio and Christopher Beyers, based on original editions and manuscripts. 

The Collected Poems is the one volume that Stevens intended to contain all the poems he wished to preserve, presented in the way he wanted. It is an enduring monument to his dazzling achievement.

©2015 Wallace Stevens, John N. Serio, Chris Beyers (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“After the reader has admired certain lines because Shakespeare might have written them, he begins to admire them because only Stevens could.” (Robert Fitzgerald)

“One might as well argue with the Evening Star as find fault with so much wit and grace and intelligence...such an overwhelming and exquisite command both of the words and of the rhythms of our language; such charm and irony, such natural and philosophical breadth of sympathy, such dignity and magnanimity.” (Randall Jarrell)

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