Essay-memoir on the archive as a “fate of re-reading”
In September 2019 I returned to the Huntington Library, in San Marino, CA, to participate in a conference on the correspondence of Wallace Stevens. I had begun to work in the Stevens archive in 1982. My visits — several extended — to this magnificent archive (with its library, its botanical gardens, its art collection) spanned the ’80s and into the ’90s. By 2019 it had been 37 years since my first encounter with this (and, really, with any at that point) archive. I gave a talk at the conference that was, in part, personal. In its Fall 2020 issue The Wallace Stevens Journal printed some of conference talks, including my own. HERE is a link to the text of the talk.