Heard on High

The Religious Imagination of Wallace Stevens

Did Wallace Stevens, one of the greatest twentieth-century poets, convert to Roman Catholicism as he lay dying in the summer of 1955? This question has provoked more controversy than one might expect. In Wallace Stevens’ Supreme Fiction: A New Romanticism (1987), Joseph Carroll provided a synopsis of the debate, offering the testimony of the Catholic priest who claimed to have initiated...

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About the Author

Stephen Sicari is chair of the English department at St. John's University in New York. His most recent book is Modernist Humanism and the Men of 1914 (University of South Carolina Press).