Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

Audiobook CD - 2004
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A remarkable series of audiobooks, featuring distinguished twentieth-century American poets reading from their own work. A first in audiobook publishing--a series that uses the written word to enhance the listening experience--poetry to be read as well as heard. Each audiobook includes rare archival recordings and a book with the text of the poetry, a bibliograohy, and commentary by J. D. McClatchy, the poet and critic, who is the editor of The Yale Review.

"Hearing poetry spoken by the poet is always a unique illumination. This series opens our ears to some of the most passionate utterances and enthralling performances ever recorded."--Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize winner, Poetry

"There has been a great need for a well-edited audio series for poetry, with high literary and technical quality. J. D. McClatchy has filled this need with great style."--Robert Pinsky

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) was a giant in the history of American poetry, at once an exhilarating modernist dandy and a champion of earlier Romantic traditions. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he spent his professional life as an insurance company executive, but kept a sharp divide between his business and literary interests. A private man, he composed his poems while walking to and from work, and at home tended to his garden and his collection of French books and paintings. All the while, there stirred in his mind an intense sensuality as well as a somber realization of human limits. He poured it into poems that stand now as landmarks in our culture, poems that sing of the power of the imagination to both transform and transcend reality. For Stevens, poems were meant to quicken our sense of the world, to refresh us, to take us back to an "immaculate beginning," to give each of us "a new knowledge of reality." And so they do: the work of Wallace Stevens is of a glittering, challenging, ultimately consoling richness.

Publisher: Westminster, MD : Books on Tape, p2004
ISBN: 9781415920985
Branch Call Number: 811.52 St479w 2004 CD
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (ca. 71 min.) : digital, Dolby processed ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (62 p. : port. ; 18 cm.)
Additional Contributors: McClatchy, J. D. 1945-


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