Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955), one of American Modernism’s greatest and most philosophical poets, was a master stylist. He vigorously explored the notion of poetry as the supreme fusion of the creative imagination and objective reality. His poems are fascinating puzzles that reward repeated visits. Composing poems on his daily walk to and from work, Stevens led a quiet, uneventful life as a highly disciplined business executive until his death. Though now considered one of the major American poets of the century, his recognition did not come after the publication of his Collected Poems. Stevens’ major awards include the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award for Poetry, and Bollingen Award. Critic Harold Bloom called him the best and most representative American poet of our time and a vital part of the American mythology.