THE WHOLE HARMONIUM
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.