Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens

The Twenty-Fourth Annual
Saturday, November 2, 2pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Hartford Public Library


The Virtual Stevens
Wallace Stevens's poetry is concerned with virtual reality—
not an artificial reality, but reality as it is made available
through Stevens's art, even while it escapes from his poetry,
and is always behind or up ahead of what he is saying.

Langdon Hammer is the Niel Gray, Jr. Professor of English at Yale University. His critical biography, James Merrill: Life and Art, was published by Knopf in 2015. While writing James Merrill, he edited two volumes for the Library of America—The Collected Poems of May Swenson (2013), the first collected edition of Swenson's work, and Hart Crane: Complete Poetry and Selected Letters (2006). His work on Crane began with Hart Crane and Allen Tate: Janus-Faced Modernism, published by Princeton University Press in 1993. In a sequel to it, using correspondence collected by Brom Weber, Crane's first editor, he introduced, chose, and edited a collection of Crane's letters called O My Land, My Friends: The Selected Letters of Hart Crane (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1997). Since 2004, he has been the poetry editor of the American Scholar.

This festive and illuminating event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by Langdon Hammer's presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne!

Suggested donation $10* per person to benefit—

Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Jim Finnegan

*Completely optional; no one turned away.

This event is presented by Hartford Public Library (
and the Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens (

PO BOX 2482  ♦  HARTFORD CT 06146-2482