In a message dated 11/7/02 5:31:53 PM !!!First Boot!!!, [log in to unmask]
<< I don't know the source of this claim that he did
not expect his work to have a public life. >>
The poet, Wallace Stevens, never expected to make any money from his poetry
nor was it his desire to do so. Of course, he was an attorney and was
employed as an executive, living in completely different circumstances than
Eliot. Both, however, obviously, thought themselves brilliant and expected
to live through their poetry into perpetuity.