Collected Poems

Wallace STEVENS

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“THE IMAGINATION IS THE POWER OF THE MIND OVER THE POSSIBILITIES OF THINGS”: STEVENS’ PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING COLLECTED POEMS, INSCRIBED BY HIM WITH POWERFUL QUOTATION WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF PUBLICATION

STEVENS, Wallace. The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954. Octavo, original maroon cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

Limited first edition of Stevens’ Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, number 1186 of 2500 copies, this copy inscribed by the poet within two weeks of publication, “The imagination is the power of the mind over the possibilities of things. Nec. Angel, 136. To —. Wallace Stevens. Oct. 14, 1954.”

Critically praised as “a triumph of the imagination,” Stevens’ Collected Poems, which he wanted to call The Whole Harmonium and resisted publishing because “a collected volume seemed final,” was specially published in his honor, on his seventy-fifth birthday. “They are proof, as their author has said, that Poetry is one of the sanctions of life” (New York Times). Containing the complete poems of seminal works such as Harmonium (1931), Ideas of Order (1935) and Transport to Summer (1923), among others. Awarded the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. With the exception of six poems, “all those in ‘The Rock’ appear here for the first time in book form.” The copyright statement of a simultaneous Toronto edition is a “formality, and no Toronto imprint has been located” (Edelstein A23.a.1). This limited first edition published October 1, 1954. Morse A19. Edelstein 23.a.1. Inscribed by the poet with a quote about imagination from The Necessary Angel (1951) (page 136).

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