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Clarkson Professor John Serio Publishes Book on Wallace Stevens
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John N. Serio of Potsdam, professor of humanities at Clarkson University, recently published his latest book on American poet Wallace Stevens, The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens. This is Serio's fourth major book on Stevens.
The Cambridge Companion is a series published by Cambridge University Press in England. Each book is about a notable figure or concept. The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens is a collection of essays by an international team of distinguished scholars who are experts on Stevens' poetry and life. The essays explain major concepts in his poetry as well as the subtleties of his aesthetic theory. Chapter titles include "Stevens in the 1930s," "Stevens and His Contemporaries," and "Stevens and the Supreme Fiction."
Serio joined Clarkson University's faculty in 1974. Prior to coming to Clarkson, he taught at Valparaiso University and the University of Notre Dame. He received his bachelor's degree from SUNY College at Buffalo, his master's degree from Northwestern University, and his doctoral degree from Notre Dame.
Serio has been editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal for more than 20 years. The Journal is published by the Wallace Stevens Society, whose editorial and administrative offices are located at Clarkson. Now in its 31st year, the journal publishes scholarly articles, poems, book reviews, news, and bibliographies related to the poetry and life of Wallace Stevens.
In 1994, Serio published two books on Stevens, Wallace Stevens: An Annotated Secondary Bibliography (University of Pittsburgh Press) and Teaching Wallace Stevens: Practical Essays, with B. J. Leggett (University of Tennessee Press). In 2004, he and Greg Foster created a free, online concordance to Stevens' poetry, available on the Web at www.wallacestevens.com.
Serio also published two books for young readers, Wallace Stevens (2004) and The Seasons (2005), as part of the Poetry for Young People series from Sterling Publishing Company. He is also a two-time Fulbright Grant recipient (1993 and 1998), and in the spring of 2005, he participated in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea program, a university on a ship that travels around the world.