Books: Poetry, Nov. 2, 1942

PARTS OF A WORLD—Wallace Stevens —Knopf ($2).

This is the fourth book* that gives the customers reason to stare hard at Wallace Stevens, famed poetical solipsist who wears the world in his hat. For many years this startling person has spent his normal working hours disguised as a lawyer-employe of Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., of which he is vice president. Betweenwhiles Stevens, now aged 63, has kept adding to the bulk and scope of his poetical testament.

At first sight Stevens' mental world looks like a five-ring circus of private hallucinations. This effect is...

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