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Helen Vendler…we have long needed, and now possess, through the unerring taste of John N. Serio…a genuine Selected Poems. What has been omitted? The juvenilia, the unpublished poems of unhappy love, the less interesting verbal experiments and a few of the more difficult lyrics that might turn away beginners. Serio, with distinct courage, has chosen to include most of Stevens's major sequences, declaring, by this act, that Stevens would not be Stevens without them…John Serio's winning introduction and informative chronology open up these poems, with their human eloquence, to a generation born a hundred years after Stevens.
—The New York Times