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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1543

Wallace Stevens letters to Philip S. May


Letters from the American poet Wallace Stevens to Philip S. May.


  • Creation: 1930-1943

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of twenty-seven letters from Wallace Stevens to Philip S. May, partially interpolated with carbons of May's replies, and two letters of Arthur Gray Powell to May. Letters chiefly concern details of daily life, frequently mentioning travel plans for Stevens and Powell to visit May.

Biographical / Historical

Wallace Stevens was an American poet.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

58M-52. Gift of Philip S. May, Route 6, Box 182, South Jacksonville, Florida; received: 1958 October.

Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Wallace Stevens letters to Philip S. May, 1930-1943: Guide.
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