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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1333-1333.5

Wallace Stevens papers


Manuscripts and correspondence of American poet Wallace Stevens.


  • Creation: 1917-1961

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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 Includes the manuscript "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction" and poems from Parts of a World (1942): an incomplete and unpublished section of "Examination of the Hero in a Time of War" and "Les Plus Belles Pages" with his commentary on it.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.
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