Birthdays for October 2: Wallace Stevens and Graham Greene

Today, October 2nd, marks the birthday of two authors who are part of the University of Tulsa’s Special Collections.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) was an American Modernist poet born in Reading, Pennsylvania who

"Wallace Stevens". Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia -

“Wallace Stevens”. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

attended law school and then worked for an insurance company before winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955. Stevens was recognized for his flair for vocabulary and the challenging themes and underlying currents of his poetry, which has been described as almost abstract in nature.

Special Collection has several of his books of poems and essays as translated into a variety of languages, as well as song cycle scores to which his poetry was set.

  • Stevens, Wallace. The necessary angel essays on reality and the imagination. (810.81 S846N 1960)
  • Stevens, Wallace. Opus posthumous. (810.81 S846O 1959)  
  • Persichetti, Vincent. Harmonium song cycle for soprano and piano. / Poems by Wallace Stevens. (M1621.4.P477 H37 1959)
"Graham Greene". Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

“Graham Greene”. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

Graham Greene (1904-1991) was an English novelist best known for writing a mixture of what he called “entertainments” and “serious novels”. He worked as a journalist, wrote crime thrillers and screenplays (including 1949’s The Third Man, starring Orson Welles), as well as books with themes related to Catholicism, to which he converted as an adult.

Special Collections owns a large selection of books from Greene’s private library, including foreign translation editions of his own works and works with his penciled marginalia and notations.

  • Greene, Graham. The End of the Affair. ( GRN 000239)
  • Greene, Graham. Our Man in Havana. (GRN 000911)
  • Greene, Graham. The Quiet American. (GRN 000444)

Come visit Special Collections on the 5th floor of McFarlin Library to view works related to these authors.

About Melissa Kunz

Melissa Kunz is a Special Collections Librarian. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hendrix College in Arkansas.
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