Acclaimed Poet’s Hartford Home On The Market
|By Kenneth R. Gosselin, The Hartford Courant|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Now, the 1920s Colonial where Stevens' daily journeys began is on the market, with an asking price of
The 3,900-square-foot home on
But the home -- owned by
The cathedral decided to sell the house -- its brass door knocker is inscribed with the word "deanery" -- because priests now prefer to buy and live in their own homes, said
Since the property was listed Sunday morning, there have been six showings and more have been scheduled, according to
The listing has caught the attention of
"We might find some Stevens memorabilia to put in there," Finnegan said. "It would be low-key, not a museum like the Twain House. It's not going to be anything like open 9-5 on Saturdays or anything like that."
He added: "It would just ensure that the house wouldn't be totally revamped inside and out."
One family member -- a grandson of Wallace Stevens and his wife, Elsie -- still has furnishings from the house, Finnegan said.
After purchasing 118
"His daughter Holly was only 8 years old at that time," Johnson said, years from needing a sofa to sit with courting beaux.
The household had a tough time keeping domestic help because
Stevens washed the dishes after dinner and scrubbed the kitchen floor, Johnson said.
In a letter in 1943, Stevens wrote: "After all, one's best things are more than likely to come in the midst of floor scrubbing."
While often viewed as prickly and solitary, Stevens wasn't completely antisocial. In one essay by
Smith would whistle Wagner as the two men walked. But when the Aetna company bus passed by, and Smith's co-workers urged him to get in, they wouldn't invite Stevens.
Stevens was being praised as a "poet's poet" as early as the 1930s but he kept a low profile in
Once asked to repeat at the Wadsworth Atheneum a lecture he had given in
"Statues in parks, stone lions in front of buildings, the
Stevens won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955, just months before he died.
"For someone with the means and the vision, this could be such an amazing home," Ostop said.
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