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The Resource Wallace Stevens : the plain sense of things, James Longenbach, (electronic resource)

Wallace Stevens : the plain sense of things, James Longenbach, (electronic resource)

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Wallace Stevens : the plain sense of things
Title
Wallace Stevens
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the plain sense of things
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James Longenbach
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eng
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Longenbach, James
Dewey number
811/.52
LC call number
PS3537.T4753
LC item number
Z6764 1991eb
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  • Stevens, Wallace
  • Stevens, Wallace
  • Political poetry, American
  • War poetry, American
  • Social problems in literature
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Wallace Stevens the poet and Wallace Stevens the insurance executive: for more than one critical generation it has seemed as if these two men were unacquainted--that Stevens was a poet who existed only in the rarefied world of language. However, the idea that Stevens lived a double life, the author maintains, is misleading. This compelling book uncovers what Stevens liked to think of as his "ordinary" life, a life in which the demands of politics, economics, poetry, and everyday distractions coexisted, sometimes peacefully and sometimes not. Examining the full scope of Stevens's career (from the student-poet of the nineteenth century to the award-winning poet of the Cold War years), Longenbach reveals that Stevens was not only aware of events taking place around him, but often inspired by those events. The major achievements of Stevens's career are shown to coalesce around the major historical events of his lifetime (the Great Depression and two World Wars); but Longenbach also dwells on Stevens's two extended periods of poetic silence, exploring the crucial aspects of Steven's life that were not exclusively poetic. Longenbach demonstrates that through Stevens's work insurety law he was far more intimately acquainted with legal and economic concerns than most poets, and he consequently thought deeply about the strengths--and, equally important, the limitations--of poetry as a social product and force
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Wallace Stevens : the plain sense of things, James Longenbach, (electronic resource)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-330) and indexes
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OCM1bookssj0000268792
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unknown
Isbn
9780195070224
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remote
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(WaSeSS)bookssj0000268792
Label
Wallace Stevens : the plain sense of things, James Longenbach, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-330) and indexes
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000268792
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780195070224
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000268792

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