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The Wallace Stevens Case

Law and the Practice of Poetry

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674284029

Publication Date: 08/01/1991

155 pages


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This lucid and insightful study of the poetry of Wallace Stevens by Stanford Law Professor Thomas Grey demonstrates that a lawyer can enrich our understanding of poetry and a poet enrich our understanding of jurisprudence.—Richard A. Posner, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The book was a great help to me in thinking about Stevens—a poet whom I don’t know as well as I’d like, whom I often don’t understand, whom I’ve never been able to read much of at a time, and whose poems I’ve never been able to hear as the products of a single voice. Grey helps one see them as such products—particularly by telling you when he thinks the voice goes off key, as in the ‘Major Man’ poems. Thanks to Grey, I feel prepared to go back to Stevens’s poems and to read them with fewer guards up, with less suspicion and more sympathy. The book sketches a convincing picture of Stevens’s motives and conflicts. Its last chapter, ‘The Colors of the Mind,’ finishes off the sketch with bravura and conviction.—Richard Rorty, University of Virginia

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