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Wallace Stevens, Mountain View Poet

Wallace Stevens (1870-1955) was a Harvard-educated poet who was originally from Reading, Pennsylvania. Writing in a stream-of-consciousness style, Stevens was part of a group of poets popular in the mid-20th century, such as Marianne Moore and e.e. cummings. (Read about Marianne Moore here: https://authoradventures.org/moore-marianne. Discover an e.e. cummings place here: https://authoradventures.org/prairie-lights-bookstore.)

Read more about the poetry of Wallace Stevens here: poets.org.

His Poetry and Prose

A list of Wallace Stevens’s selected by poets.org, placed on its website, is quoted here:

Poetry
Harmonium (Alfred A. Knopf, 1923)
Ideas of Order (The Alcestis Press, 1935)
Owl’s Clover (The Alcestis Press, 1936)
The Man With the Blue Guitar (Alfred A. Knopf, 1937)
Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction (The Cummington Press, 1942)
Parts of a World (Alfred A. Knopf, 1942)
Esthétique du Mal (The Cummington Press, 1945)
Three Academic Pieces (The Cummington Press, 1947)
Transport to Summer (Alfred A. Knopf, 1947)
Primitive Like an Orb (Gotham Book Market, 1948)
Auroras of Autumn (Alfred A. Knopf, 1950)
Collected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1954)
Opus Posthumous (Alfred A. Knopf, 1957)
The Palm at the End of the Mind (Vintage Books, 1967)

Prose
The Necessary Angel (Alfred A. Knopf, 1951)

Mount Penn

Head to the summit of Mount Penn near Reading, accessed by the Mount Penn Gravity Railroad, to get the full view of the place that inspired the award-winning poetry of Wallace Stevens.

A marker outside his birthplace brings attention to a few of his notable works: Bantams in the Pinewoods, Harmonium, and Auroras of Autumn. His birthplace is not open to the public, but you can hike to his view from Mount Penn.

Also see our page about Wallace Stevens here: Connecticut.

Mount Penn is the sixth stop on our Pennsylvania Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart