A superb archive of 11 unpublished Typed Letters Signed to his publisher Knopf (2 to Alfred A. Knopf, 8 to Knopf’s Publicity Director William Cole, and 1 addressed to Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.), 11 total pages, 4to, on Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company letterhead, Hartford, CT, November 27, 1936 – February 7, 1955, around publishing Stevens' books, other poets' books, public readings, and the National Book Awards

STEVENS, Wallace

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Titel: A superb archive of 11 unpublished Typed ...

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Folded for mailing, the letters are in fine condition and are preserved in a morocco and cloth slipcase On November 27, 1936 Stevens writes to Knopf: "just coming out of a Thanksgiving coma," and thanks Knopf for a check and "for the copy of The Borzoi Reader, which looks like an eye full. So far I have had time only to glance at the book, which ought to find its way under a good many Christmas trees." In his February 2, 1942 letter to Knopf written in the midst of war, Stevens informs Knopf that he is "sending a manuscript of a new volume of poetry under separate cover today. This does not seem a very propitious time for the publishing of poetry, but that is something for you to decide." The manuscript was probably Parts of a World, published by Knopf in the fall of 1942.To Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. on March 7, 1951 Stevens conveys a photograph to the publicity department: " I told someone in your Publicity Department at yesterday’s party that I would send a new photograph to take the place of the terribly bad one that was circulated yesterday. Here is one that I like and which I hope will be of some use to you. The photographer’s name is in the lower right corner " In a pencil postscript Stevens adds, "Thanks to everyone from Knopf for their courtesy and kindness. W.S."In his August 31, 1951 letter to Knopf's Publicity Director, William Cole, one of the initiators of the annual National Book Award, Stevens agrees to act as judge for the Poetry Award that year, adding: "The truth is that I read very little poetry. Consequently, when you speak of sending a reminder list, it strikes me that if I am to do a good job I shall have to have a good deal more than that, and that being so, I might not be the right man for the job " Again to Cole, two months later and evidently in his capacity as judge for the National Poetry Award, Stevens asks Cole for copies of some of the nominees’ books: " I shall be glad to have copies of Richard Eberhart’s Selected Poems (Oxford); Jarrell’s The Seven-League Crutches, and Lowell’s The Mills of the Kavanaughs (both by Harcourt, Brace); and Marianne Moore’s Collected Poems (Macmillan). I already have several of the other books." Stevens himself won in 1951 for The Auroras of Autumn and Marianne Moore won in 1952 for her Collected Poems. On December 11, 1951 Stevens writes to Cole to schedule a meeting of the Poetry Jury for the National Book Award. Stevens prefers "December 28th, because it is Friday" and "morning" or "early afternoon since I should like to leave for Hartford not later than 5:10. This gives you all the filthy facts. If other people prefer January 3rd, I shall be glad to come on that date, although I like December 28 more."Stevens write to Cole about Jarrell's Pictures from an Institution on February 8, 1954: " I read Jarrell’s Pictures from an Institution [published by Knopf in 1954] over the week-end. Here is a word of comment which you can use, or any part of which you can use, if it is of any interest to you: ‘A most literate account of a group of most literate people by a writer of power (both natural and acquired). No plot, no action, yet a delight of true understanding.’ Stevens' next letter here to Cole, from August 30, 1954, has to do with a proposed reading at NYU: " I never did like to read in public, not only because of personal inhibitions, but because I never thought it was quite the right thing for me to do please thank Mrs McCloud for her interest. I must say no Some time ago I was invited to become a member of a board or council having to do with the promotion of an interest in books I did not answer it because I don’t have an idea in my head about promoting an interest in books " Thanking Cole for a letter three days after receiving it Stevens writes: "As you say, I seem to have got the hang of the National Book Award. You will find enclosed a letter which I have sent to the Poetry Room, Widener Library, Harvard University. I find that only my daughter will be abl. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 22751

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