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This article is taken from PN Review 169, Volume 32 Number 5, May - June 2006.

The following three papers all derive from presentations delivered at a conference which we organised on 25-27 August 2005 at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. Fifty Years On: Wallace Stevens in Europe was a two-and-a-half-day event in which, for the first time on British soil, an international group of scholars, editors, poets and other aficionados gathered to discuss the Stevens legacy in light of the poet's contact with European arts, culture and letters. The conference broke fresh ground both through its focus on specifically European and Transatlantic themes and in the assembly of new, international voices exactly fifty years since the poet's death in August 1955.

So diverse and promising were those voices that we are grateful for a number of opportunities to publish the proceedings. Simultaneously with this issue of PN Review, seven other contributions to the conference are appearing as part of a special issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal devoted to Stevens's relations with British literature. Ultimately, it is our intention to collect a volume of essays, provisionally entitled Europe on the Table: Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic, which will consolidate the many fine contributions of the Oxford conference together with articles from other prominent Stevensians who have addressed the poet's life-long imaginative travelling elsewhere.

We are particularly pleased to see papers from Robert Rehder, David Haglund and Angus Cleghorn appearing in this issue of

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