Opus Posthumous: Poems, Plays, Prose

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 4, 2011 - 352 pages
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When Opus Posthumous first appeared in 1957, it was an appropriate capstone to the career of one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. It included many poems missing from Stevens's Collected Poems, along with Stevens's characteristically inventive prose and pieces for the theater. Now Milton J. Bates, the author of the acclaimed Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self, has edited and revised Opus Posthumous to correct the previous edition's errors and to incorporate material that has come to light since original publication. A third of the poems and essays in this edition are new to the volume. The resulting book is an invaluable literary document whose language and insights are fresh, startling, and eloquent.


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I lightly skimmed the plays, did not read the prose, and just read the poems without trying to make sense of them. ? Stevens' work is way out of my league. ? Or he's a humbug on acid, but since other ... Read full review

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Originally published in 1957, under the editorship of Samuel French Morse, Opus Posthumous was designed as a companion to Stevens's Collected Poems (1954), offering the reader various fugitive pieces ... Read full review

Contents

THE COURSE OF A PARTICULAR
HOW NOW O BRIGHTENER 
THE DOVE IN SPRING
FAREWELL WITHOUT A GUITAR
THE SAIL OF ULYSSES
PRESENCE OF AN EXTERNAL MASTER OF KNOWLEDGE
A CHILD ASLEEP IN ITS OWN LIFE
TWO LETTERS

HOME AGAIN
PHASES
ALL THINGS IMAGINED ARE OF EARTH COMPACT 
LESSOR SACCADÉ
AN EXERCISE FOR PROFESSOR X
HEADACHE
I HAVE LIVED SO LONG WITH THE RHETORICIANS 
THE NIGHTWIND OF AUGUST 
TO MADAME ALDA SINGING A SONG IN A WHITE GOWN
THE SILVER PLOUGHBOY
BLANCHE McCARTHY
FOR AN OLD WOMAN IN A WIG
THE FLORIST WEARS KNEEBREECHES
SONG
EIGHT SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPES
INSCRIPTION FOR A MONUMENT
BOWL
PRIMORDIA
MEDITATION
GRAY ROOM
LETTRES DUN SOLDAT 19141915
ARCHITECTURE
STANZAS FOR LE MONOCLE DE MON ONCLE
AN EARLY VERSION OF ANECDOTE OF THE PRINCE OF PEACOCKS
PETER PARASOL
EXPOSITION OF THE CONTENTS OF A CAB
PIANO PRACTICE AT THE ACADEMY OF THE HOLY ANGELS
THE INDIGO GLASS IN THE GRASS
ANECDOTE OF THE ABNORMAL
ROMANCE FOR A DEMOISELLE LYING IN THE GRASS
LULU GAY
LULU MOROSE
FROM THE JOURNAL OF CRISPIN
THIS VAST INELEGANCE
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE CHIROPODISTS
MANDOLIN AND LIQUEURS
THE SHAPE OF THE CORONER
RED LOVES KIT
METROPOLITAN MELANCHOLY
ANNUAL GAIETY
GOOD MAN BAD WOMAN
THE WOMAN WHO BLAMED LIFE ON A SPANIARD
SECRET MAN
WHAT THEY CALL RED CHERRY PIE
HIEROGLYPHICA
THE DRUMMAJORS IN THE LABOR DAY PARADE
POLO PONIES PRACTICING
LYTTON STRACHEY ALSO ENTERS INTO HEAVEN
AGENDA
TABLE TALK
A ROOM ON A GARDEN
OWLS CLOVER
STANZAS FOR THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR
THE WOMAN THAT HAD MORE BABIES THAN THAT
LIFE ON A BATTLESHIP
STANZAS FOR EXAMINATION OF THE HERO IN A TIME OF WAR
FROM FIVE GROTESQUE PIECES
DESIRE THE OBJECT
THIS AS INCLUDING THAT
RECITATION AFTER DINNER
MEMORANDUM
FIRST WARMTH
AS YOU LEAVE THE ROOM
THE SICK MAN
AS AT A THEATRE
THE DESIRE TO MAKE LOVE IN A PAGODA
NUNS PAINTING WATERLILIES
THE ROLE OF THE IDEA IN POETRY
AMERICANA
THE SOULS OF WOMEN AT NIGHT
A DISCOVERY OF THOUGHT
CONVERSATION WITH THREE WOMEN OF NEW ENGLAND
DINNER BELL IN THE WOODS
REALITY IS AN ACTIVITY OF THE MOST AUGUST IMAGINATION
ON THE WAY TO THE BUS
SOLITAIRE UNDER THE OAKS
LOCAL OBJECTS
ARTIFICIAL POPULATIONS
A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES
BANJO BOOMER
JULY MOUNTAIN
THE REGION NOVEMBER
A MYTHOLOGY REFLECTS ITS REGION 
OF MERE BEING
MOMENT OF LIGHT
THREE PARAPHRASES FROM LÉONPAUL FARGUE
PLAYS
THREE TRAVELERS WATCH A SUNRISE
CARLOS AMONG THE CANDLES
BOWL CAT AND BROOMSTICK
A CEREMONY
APHORISMS
FROMSUR PLUSIEURS BEAUX SUJECTS
ADAGIA
FROM MATERIA POETICA
FROM MISCELLANEOUS NOTEBOOKS
ESSAYS SPEECHES NOTES
CATTLE KINGS OF FLORIDA
ON THE EMPEROR OF ICECREAM
WILLIAMS
A NOTE ON MARTHA CHAMPION
A POET THAT MATTERS
JACKET STATEMENT FROM IDEAS OF ORDER
IN MEMORY OF HARRIET MONROE
THE IRRATIONAL ELEMENT IN POETRY
JACKET STATEMENT FROM THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR AND OTHER POEMS
INSURANCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
SURETY AND FIDELITY CLAIMS
A NOTE ON POETRY
TRIBUTE TO T S ELIOT
NOTES ON JEAN LABASQUE
POETRY AND WAR
NOTE ON A PERSONAL CHOICE OF POEMS
A NOTE ON SAMUEL FRENCH MORSE
RUBBINGS OF REALITY
THE SHAPER
TENNESSEAN
POETRY AND MEANING
MARCEL GROMAIRE
ON RECEIVING THE GOLD MEDAL FROM THE POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA
ON RECEIVING THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY 1951
ON RECEIVING AN HONORARY DEGREE FROM BARD COLLEGE
TWO OR THREE IDEAS
A COLLECT OF PHILOSOPHY
A NOTE ON LES PLUS BELLES PAGES
RAOUL DUFY
PERSPECTIVES HORIZONS
ON RECEIVING THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY 1955
A FOOTNOTE TO SAUL BELLOWS PAINS AND GAINS
TWO PREFACES
CONNECTICUT COMPOSED
QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES
RESPONSES TO NEW VERSE QUESTIONNAIRE
RESPONSES TO PARTISAN REVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE 1939
RESPONSE TO YALE LITERARY MAGAZINE QUESTION
RESPONSES TO PARTISAN REVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE 1948
RESPONSES TO MODERN AMERICAN POETRY QUESTIONNAIRE
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Index of Titles
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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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