The PennSound/Woodberry Poetry Room Wallace Stevens Audio ProjectPennSound is pleased to present recordings of Wallace Stevens made for the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University, by permission of the Houghton Library's Woodberry Poetry Room (pictured below), and with special thanks to Susan Pyzynski, Peter Steinberg, David Ackerman, Don Share, and especially Christina Davis (Director of the Woodberry); and Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. & the Estate of Wallace Stevens.
1952 Reading at the New Lecture Hall, HarvardThis recording was made on May 1, 1952, during Stevens' reading in the New Lecture Hall, now called the Lowell Lecture Hall. The original recording is in two tape reels, housed at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Harvard.
1. Introduction by Richard Wilbur (3:32): MP3
1954 Readings at the Trans-Radio Recording Studio, BostonThis recording was made at the Trans-Radio Recording Studio in Boston over the course of two recording sessions, the first on October 8, 1954; the second at a later but unknown date. The recording was made on two reels divided as follows: reel 1, all poems, including "The Auroras of Autumn" parts 1-5; reel 2, only "The Auroras of Autumn," parts 6-10. (Note: It is not certain that the division of poems recorded at the two sessions coincides with the division of the two reels, which are housed at the Woodberry Poetry Room.)
1. [Now it is September]* (0:18): MP3
other poems1. So and So Reclining on Her Couch
2. The Idea of Order at Key West
3. The Life of a Poet (a prose note)
4. The Theory of Poetry (a prose note)
5. Infanta Marina
6. Fabilau of Florida
7. Bantams in Pine-Woods
8. Nomad Exquisite
9. Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit
10. From an Ordinary Evening in New Haven (Sections I, IX, XI, XII)
11. Final Soliolquy of the Interior Paramour
23. Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself
PoemTalk #14, discussing Stevens' "Not Ideas About the Things but the Thing Itself," February 3, 2009
Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.
more Wallace Stevens on PennSound:1. Stevens on PennSound Daily
2. Susan Howe on Stevens
4. Robert Duncan, in memoriam Wallace Stevens
5. Jack Spicer on Stevens as a serial poet
Wallace Stevens on PennSound Daily
These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to Peter Hanchak. (c)2010 by the estate of Wallace Stevens. Used with permission of Peter Hanchak. Distributed by PennSound. We at PennSound are grateful to Peter Hanchak, grandson of Wallace Stevens, for his permission to make this material widely available. We also wish to thank our colleagues at Harvard's Woodberry Library, in particular Christina Davis, for their help with the recordings in the archive there; and John Serio.