Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

About Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879--August 2, 1955) was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955. Some of his best-known poems include 'Valley Candle', 'Anecdote of the Jar', 'Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock', 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream', 'The Idea of Order at Key West', 'Sunday Morning', 'The Snow Man', and 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.' The son of a prosperous lawyer, Stevens attended Harvard as a non-degree special student, after which he moved to New York City and briefly worked as a journalist. He then attended New York Law School, graduating in 1903. On a trip back to Reading in 1904 Stevens met Elsie Viola Kachel (-, aka Elsie Moll), a young woman who had worked as a saleswoman, milliner, and stenographer.

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