THE WHOLE HARMONIUM

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by Paul Mar­i­ani

Wal­lace Stevens was a poet of ge­nius, but this study strug­gles to rec­on­cile his verse with the grey-suited re­al­ity of the man. So wed­ded was he to his job in in­sur­ance (his 1934 salary of $20,000 would be $350,000 in to­day’s money), that he turned down the Har­vard chair of po­etry. His only ma­cho lit­er­ary excess was to hit Hem­ing­way, but he broke his own hand.

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