9780195070224-0195070224-Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things

Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things

ISBN-13: 9780195070224
ISBN-10: 0195070224
Edition: 1
Author: Longenbach, James
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 360 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780195070224
ISBN-10: 0195070224
Edition: 1
Author: Longenbach, James
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 360 pages

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Acknowledged authors Longenbach, James wrote Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things comprising 360 pages back in 1991. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0195070224 and 9780195070224. Since then Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Wallace Stevens the poet and Wallace Stevens the insurance executive: for more than one critical generation it has seemed as if these two men were unacquainted--that Stevens was a poet who existed only in the rarefied world of language. However, the idea that Stevens lived a double life, the author maintains, is misleading. This compelling book uncovers what Stevens liked to think of as his "ordinary" life, a life in which the demands of politics, economics, poetry, and everyday distractions coexisted, sometimes peacefully and sometimes not. Examining the full scope of Stevens's career (from the student-poet of the nineteenth century to the award-winning poet of the Cold War years), Longenbach reveals that Stevens was not only aware of events taking place around him, but often inspired by those events. The major achievements of Stevens's career are shown to coalesce around the major historical events of his lifetime (the Great Depression and two World Wars); but Longenbach also dwells on Stevens's two extended periods of poetic silence, exploring the crucial aspects of Steven's life that were not exclusively poetic. Longenbach demonstrates that through Stevens's work in surety law he was far more intimately acquainted with legal and economic concerns than most poets, and he consequently thought deeply about the strengths--and, equally important, the limitations--of poetry as a social product and force.

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