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The Collected Poems

By Wallace Stevens

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Current Publisher:
Out of Print

Stevens first won the National Book Award in
Poetry in 1951 for The Auroras of Autumn. 

An appreciation of Stevens’ work may be found here. >

Poetry Finalists that Year:

  • e.e. cummings for Poems, 1923-1954
  • Leonie Adams for Poems: A Selection
  • Louise Bogan for Collected Poems, 1923-1953
  • Robinson Jeffers for Hungerfield and Other Poems
  • Archibald MacLeish for Songs for Eve
  • Phyllis McGinley for The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley
  • Merrill Moore for The Verse Diary of a Psychiatrist
  • LeRoy Smith for A Character Invented
  • May Swenson for Another Animal (published as part of the anthology Poets of Today)
  • William Carlos Williams for The Desert Music and Other Poems
  • Marya Zaturenska for Selected Poems

Poetry Judges that Year: Oscar Cargill, Richard Eberhart,
Dudley Fitts, Randall Jarrell, Christopher La Farge

The Year in Literature:

  • The Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens also won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
  • May Swenson was a National Book Award Finalist for Another Animal, a collection which was published as part of the first volume of the anthology, Poets of Today, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. The anthology also includes a critical introduction by John Hall Wheelock and the collections Poems and Translations by Harry Duncan and Samurai and Serpent Poems by Murray Noss. The present-day guidelines for the National Book Award exclude anthologies from entry.

Other Information:

  • Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) was born in Reading, PA.
  • Stevens received the National Book Award in Poetry just six months before his death on August 2, 1955.

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