Wallace Stevens (2 October, 1879 – 2 August, 1955) was an American poet and an insurance executive.
- Stevens was born in Reading, PA.
- He attended Harvard University and New York Law School, graduating in 1903.
- During one of his visits to Reading, Mr. Wallace met Elsie Kachel, a saleswoman and stenographer.
- Stevens and Ms. Kachel were married in 1909 despite his family’s objections that to here “lower-class” status. Sadly, no one from his family came to the wedding and he never spoke or visited his parents until after his father passed away.
- Stevens moved from NYC to Hartford, CT in 1916 for a job at the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company. He worked there until he died.
- In 1934, Mr. Stevens became a vice president at the insurance company. He liked it so much that he declined to join the Harvard faculty.
- In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s Mr. Stevens visited Key West, FL where he argued with fellow poet Robert Frost.
- In 1936 Mr. Stevens broke his hand while punching the jaw of one Ernest Hemingway.
- He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems (1955).
- It is said that Mr. Stevens was baptized a Catholic on his deathbed, his daughter denies this rumor.
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