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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1333-1333.5

Wallace Stevens papers


Manuscripts and correspondence of American poet Wallace Stevens.


  • 1917-1961

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.33 linear feet (6 volumes)
Consists of poems, essays, addresses, and correspondence. Includes the manuscript "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction" and poems from Parts of a World (1942): an incomplete and unpublished section of "Examination of the Hero in a Time of War" and "Les Plus Belles Pages" with his commentary on it. Correspondence is with Renato Poggioli concerning problems arising from his Italian translations of Stevens' poems, 1953; with Bancel La Farge concerning the set designs for the play Carlos Among the Candles (including a manuscript of the play and a sketch by La Farge); and letters to José Rodríguez Feo, an editor of Origenes, a literary journal in Havana, Cuba, discussing western literature. Also includes addresses Stevens gave to colleges.

Biographical / Historical

Stevens was an American poet.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. fMS Am 1333: Notes towards a supreme fiction and other compositions
  2. fMS Am 1333.1: Correspondence with Renato Poggioli
  3. MS Am 1333.2: Correspondence with Bancel La Farge
  4. MS Am 1333.3: Description without a place
  5. MS Am 1333.4: Letters to José Rodríguez
  6. fMS Am 1333.5: Two or three ideas and letters to John Lincoln Sweeney

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-294F-297F. Manuscripts presented by Wallace Stevens; received: 1942.

45M-3F. Manuscripts presented by Wallace Stevens; received: 1945.

51M-252F. Manuscripts transferred from the Woodberry Poetry Room; received: 1952.

55M-255. Manuscripts presented by Renato Poggioli; received: 1955.

61M-13. Manuscripts presented by L. Bancel La Farge, Henry A. LaFarge, and Benjamin La Farge; received: 1961.

65M-109. Manuscripts presented by José Rodríguez Feo; received: 1966.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Wallace Stevens papers, 1917-1961: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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