People: The Laurels

When the 1948 Bollingen Prize for Poetry went to Ezra Pound, longtime tub-thumper for MusSolini and fascism, there was a literary and political furor from Bangor to San Diego, and a joint congressional committee abolished all further Library of Congress awards. Last week, the $1,000 award's new trustees at Yale University announced the winner for 1949: Wallace Stevens, 70, vice president of the Hartford (Conn.) Accident & Indemnity Co.

A poets' poet, Stevens had been quietly building up his reputation since he won a $100 prize from Poetry magazine in 1914 for four of his earliest verses (Phases). Like London Publisher...

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