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Wallace Stevens
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    (October 2, 1879-August 2, 1955)
    Wrote poetry collections ‘Harmonium (1923),' ‘Ideas of Order (1936),' ‘The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937),' ‘Parts of a World (1942),' ‘Auroras of Autumn (1950),' ‘Collected Poems (1954)' and ‘The Palm at the End of the Mind (1972)'
    Worked for the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company
    He was cold and reclusive.
    He attended Harvard but didn't receive a degree.
    He didn't start writing until his thirties.
    Stung by mixed reviews of ‘Harmonium,' he stopped publishing for 8 years.
    He disliked receiving fan mail.
    His abstract, demanding style makes him more of a poet for critics than general readers.
    When unknown he was championed by George Santayana and Marianne Moore.
    He was able to balance his writing with a business career.
    He wrote much of his best work in old age.
    Initially underestimated, he is now considered a key modern poet.
    He stayed married to his wife despite problems between them.
    He admired Greta Garbo.
    Stephen King refers frequently to Stevens' poem ‘The Emperor of Ice Cream' in ‘Salem's Lot (1975).'

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