The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play

The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play

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This selection of works by Wallace Stevens—the man Harold Bloom has called “the best and most representative American poet”—was first published in 1967. Edited by the poet's daughter Holly Stevens, it contains all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value in Stevens' career, including some not printed in his earlier Collected Works. Included also is a short play by Stevens, "Bowl, Cat and Broomstick."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679724452
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1990
Edition description: Vintage Books ed
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 750,427
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1879 and died in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1955. Harmonium, his first volume of poems, was published in 1923, and was followed by Ideas of Order (1936), The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937), Parts of a World (1942), Transport to Summer (1947), The Auroras of Autumn (1950), The Necessary Angel (a volume of essays, 1951), The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (1954), and Opus Posthumous (1957; revised and corrected in 1989). Stevens was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry of the Yale University Library for 1949. He twice won the National Book Award in Poetry and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1955. From 1916 on, he was associated with the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, of which he became vice president in 1934.

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Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection, while not as definitive as The Collected Poetry, includes all the major longer poems and many important shorter poems of critical value. Arranged in chronological order by probable date of composition this text provides the reader the possiblility of considering the overall arc of Stevens' career. I find myself dipping into the poems included here time and again and it is difficult to pull myself away. THe thoughtful consideration of art and meaning in life is seldom conveyed any better than in the poetry of Wallace Stevens.
uh8myzen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wallace Stevens has been an important part of my life since I first read my dad's copy of his Collected Poems when I was sixteen... Twenty years later and I always have The Palm at the End of the Mind on my Reading Shelf and read a poem or two at least once every few months... Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is one of my favorite pieces of writing.Definitely in my Top Ten Poets: Wallace Stevens, Leonard Cohen, ee cummings, Dylan Thomas, Ginsberg, TS Elliot, Rilke, Robert Browning, Joan Keats, Tennyson
Doc_Faustus More than 1 year ago
Elegant. Inspired and inspiring. The poems of Wallace Stevens engage us in deep discussions on poetry, spirituality, art, perspective and the art of living itself. This is a great collection of poems and Stevens is one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. If you've read Eliot and Yeats and haven't read Stevens, you're really missing out on something.