Typed and signed autograph letter on large 8 1/2 x 11 inch Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company (blue ink) letterhead stationary (where Stevens was an executive for many years). The letter is dated July 11, 1952, three years before Stevens' death, to Ernest Kroll, a beginning poet who later turned out to be quite a successful American author. A fabulous letter in which Stevens, at the end of an illustrious career as one of America's greatest modern poets, adroitly addresses the poetry in the books which Kroll had obviously sent him, and almost certainly "Cape Horn and Other Poems" (E.P. Dutton & Co, Inc. 1952), published in the same year as this letter, and Stevensí letter addresses his reaction to Krollís book in a subtle, collegial manner, deftly sidestepping rigorous appraisal, in lieu of highlighting positive features. "July 11, 1952. Mr. Ernest Kroll, 3810-39th St., N.W., Washington 16, D.C. Dear Mr. Kroll: When your book came I tore the address off the wrapper and put it in one of my pockets and then forgot what I did with it. This is the reason for my delay in acknowledging your kindness in sending the book to me and in thanking you for it. The poems seem to be natural expression of a poetic temperament. Poets have such a desperate way of identifying themselves with their books that one has to be cautious about what one says--especially in the case of the first book. But it is clear that you have an outlook that discloses poetry everywhere. In short, the book is genuine and that is the best fortune you could have. Sincerely yours, Wallace Stevens [name signed by Stevens in fountain pen]. In the original printed Hartford Accident postmarked (July 11, 1952) envelope, with typewritten address of Kroll. Near fine, with fold marks. Stevens' letters from this period are quite scarce.
Price: $2,850.00 Item #4882