Works by Wallace Stevens

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Harmonium. New York: Knopf, 1923. Includes "Sunday Morning," "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,"  "Anecdote of the Jar," "The Snow Man," "The Emperor of Ice-Cream," and "The Comedian as the Letter C." Second edition issued by Knopf in 1931 with three poems from the first edition omitted and 14 poems added, including "Sea Surface Full of Clouds."

Ideas of Order. New York: Alcestis Press, 1935. Special limited edition. New York & London: Knopf, 1936. Enlarged edition, adds three new poems, including "Farewell to Florida" and "A Postcard from the Volcano." Published again by Knopf in 1952 with "The Man with the Blue Guitar" as The Man with the Blue Guitar Including Ideas of Order.

Owl's Clover. New York: Alcestis Press, 1936. Special limited edition.

The Man with the Blue Guitar & Other Poems. New York & London: Knopf, 1937. Published again in 1952 as The Man with the Blue Guitar Including Ideas of Order.

Parts of a World. New York: Knopf, 1942.  Includes "Poems of Our Climate," "The Man on the Dump," "Connoisseur of Chaos," and "Of Modern Poetry."

Notes toward a Supreme Fiction. Cummington, Mass.: Cummington Press, 1942. Special limited edition.

Esthétique du Mal. Cummington, Mass.: Cummington Press, 1945. Special limited edition.

Transport to Summer. New York, Knopf, 1947. Includes "God Is Good," "The Motive for Metaphor," "Esthétique du Mal," "Description without Place," "The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm," "Credences of Summer," and "Notes toward a Supreme Fiction."

Three Academic Pieces: The Realm of Resemblance, Someone Puts a Pineapple Together, Of Ideal Time and Choice. Cummington, Mass.: Cummington Press, 1947. Special limited edition. Essays.

A Primitive like an Orb: a poem by Wallace Stevens with  drawings by Kurt Seligmann. New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1948. A single poem, reprinted in The Auroras of Autumn.

The Auroras of Autumn. New York: Knopf, 1950. Includes two notable longer poems, "The Auroras of Autumn" and "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven."

The Relations between Poetry and Painting. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1951. Lecture.

The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination. New York: Knopf, 1951; London: Faber & Faber, 1960. Essays, from lectures Stevens gave between 1947-1951.

Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens, chosen and with a foreword by Dennis Williamson.  London: Fortune Press, 1952; Faber & Faber, 1953. Stevens wrote to Alfred Knopf about this edition: "I think that if anything comes of it the selection should be made by someone in England. Taste in the two countries is quite different. Anyhow, I should not be willing to make the selection" (Edelstein 99).

Raoul Dufy: A Note by Wallace Stevens. New York: Pierre Berès, 1953. A four-page essay on Dufy's painting "La Fée Electricité."

Mattino Domenicale. Turin: Guilio Einaudi, 1954. English and Italian versions of selected poems of Wallace Stevens, Italian translations by Renato Poggioli. The title poem is "Sunday Morning," and included in the selections is the first appearance of "The River of Rivers in Connecticut."

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. New York: Knopf, 1954; London: Faber & Faber, 1955. Includes "The Rock," a section of previously unpublished lyrics, containing, among other poems, "To an Old Philosopher in Rome," "The World as Meditation," and "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour."

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird with Thirteen Plates by Michael Train. New York: Knopf, 1954.


Opus Posthumous. Edited by Samuel French Morse. New York: Knopf, 1957; London: Faber & Faber, 1959. Stevens' uncollected poems, plays, the "Adagia," and prose. A revised, enlarged and corrected edition, edited by Milton J. Bates, was issued by Knopf in 1989.

Poems by Wallace Stevens. Selected and with an introduction by Samuel French Morse. New York: Vintage Books, 1959.

The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play by Wallace Stevens. Edited by Holly Stevens. New York: Knopf, 1971.

Collected Poetry and Prose. Edited by Frank Kermode and Joan Richardson. New York: Library of America, 1997.

Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens. Edited by John N. Serio. New York: Knopf, 2009.


Letters of Wallace Stevens. Selected and edited by Holly Stevens. New York: Knopf, 1966.

Secretaries of the Moon: The Letters of Wallace Stevens & Jose Rodriguez Feo. Edited by Beverly Coyle and Alan Filreis. Durham, NC: Durham University Press, 1986.

Sur Plusieurs Beaux Sujects: Wallace Stevens' Commonplace Book. Edited by Milton J. Bates. Stanford University Press, 1989.

The Contemplated Spouse: The Letters of Wallace Stevens to Elsie. Edited by J. Donald Blount. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2006.


Samuel French Morse. Wallace Stevens: Poetry as Life. New York: Pegasus, 1970.

Holly Stevens. Souvenirs and Prophecies: The Young Wallace Stevens. New York: Knopf, 1977.

Peter Brazeau. Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered: An Oral Biography. New York: Random House, 1983. Records interviews with Stevens' colleagues, acquaintances, and family members.

Glen G. MacLeod. Wallace Stevens and Company: The Harmonium Years. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1983.

Milton J. Bates. Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Joan Richardson.  Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923. New York: Morrow, 1986; Wallace Stevens: The Later Years, 1923-1955. New York: Morrow, 1988.

See also the biographical material provided by Holly Stevens in Letters of Wallace Stevens.

This list of major works by and about Wallace Stevens is divided into four parts: Books and Pamphlets; Editions; Diaries and Letters; and Biographies. Secondary criticism for Stevens is extensive and is not included here, but will be covered in a section to be added later. Also, no attempt is made to account for Stevens' publications in periodicals, since others (Edelstein, as well as Kermode and Richardson in their Library of America edition) have done that job very thoroughly. Under "Books and Pamphlets" are the separately issued works that Stevens published during his lifetime, produced under his supervision and authority. Both prose and poetry are listed. Unless otherwise stated, a work is poetry. I have noted that certain poems are "included" in the editions as a convenience to the reader; the poems singled out are those most often taught or searched for in a Google search.  For a complete list of the poems in each book, see Edelstein. Under "Editions" are books published after Stevens' death, when selections, arrangements and editorial matters were directed by others. "Diaries and Letters" are distinguished from "Biographies," although there is obviously some overlap. The main reference for Stevens' primary works was J. M. Edelstein, Wallace Stevens: A Descriptive Bibliography (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1973). I have also personally examined most of these works. Edelstein includes in his bibliography several items relating to Stevens' genealogical research, omitted here because of their limited interest for the reader of Stevens' poetry. I would gratefully appreciate any information about other material that should be included in this bibliography.

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