Uneven Stevens

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As a seasonal treat, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford turn next, in their ongoing series, to that great poet of winter and snow, Wallace Stevens, and the pieces about him in the LRB archive: his anecdote-proof life, the capitalist economy of his imagination, and his all-American poetry of precise abstraction.

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Further reading in the LRB:

Michael Hofmann on the Prospero of insurance (2016)

Mark Ford on Mr and Mrs Stevens (2007)

Michael Wood on late Stevens (1998)

David Trotter on Eliot, Frost, Pound and Stevens (1995)

Russell Davies on the famous Hemingway-Stevens fistfight (1981)

Other episodes in the series:

Auden Anxieties

Looking at Larkin

Arch Bishop

Hardy’s Neutral Tones

The Idea of Stevie



Heaney Overheard

Lowell Studies