First published in 1957, this is a revised, enlarged and corrected edition of "Opus Posthumous", out of print since 1972. The book is the complement to his magnificent "Collected Poems" and the essays and lectures in "The Necessary Angel". A miscellany of uncollected writings are brought together - poems, plays, adagia (or aphorisms) and literary ...Read MoreFirst published in 1957, this is a revised, enlarged and corrected edition of "Opus Posthumous", out of print since 1972. The book is the complement to his magnificent "Collected Poems" and the essays and lectures in "The Necessary Angel". A miscellany of uncollected writings are brought together - poems, plays, adagia (or aphorisms) and literary texts of various kinds. The book is an important part of the Stevens canon. In this edition, Professor Milton Bates has assembled virtually all the uncollected poetry and prose Stevens wrote after his Harvard years, together with more than three dozen pieces still in manuscript at his death.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1989-06-16 Intended as a companion volume to Stevens's Collected Poems , the Opus Posthumous miscellany (first issued in 1957) contains some of his deepest poetic ruminations on the imagination and the limits of knowledge, along with many verses that seem like metaphysical doodles, mere dress rehearsals for larger poems. The book also includes three philosophical playlets, notes on Stevens's poetry, plus essays on diverse themes: living in Connecticut, the irrational in poetry, Raoul Dufy's lithographs, reading T. S. Eliot to stay young, etc. Original to this revised edition is a wonderful batch of first-rate aphorisms (e.g., ``All poetry is experimental poetry''). Among the newly added poems, the standout is ``Carnet de Voyage'' (1914), an early sequence in which Stevens tentatively sounded his mature themes. Previously uncollected essays and jottings include jejune scribbling on the insurance industry and oracular pronouncements in the form of Stevens's replies to questionnaires sent by Partisan Review and other magazines. Bates is the author of Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self. (Aug.)
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