Wallace Stevens, second from left, receiving the National Book Award for poetry from  Atlantic Monthly editor Edward A. Weeks, New York, NY, March 6, 1951.
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The second annual National Book Awards, for outstanding works by American authors, were made at the Hotel Commodore. Left to right are: Edward A. Weeks, editor of the Atlantic Monthly, who presented the awards; Wallace Stevens, the poetry award, for "The Auroras of Autumn;" Newton Arvin, who won a special citation for his first novel, "The Trouble of One House;" and Saxe Commins, Random House editor, who accepted the plaque for Nobel-Award Winner William Faulkner, for "The Collected Stories of William Faulkner."

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In 1951 Wallace Stevens won the National Book Award for poetry for "The Auroras of Autumn." The next year he received poetry’s most prestigious achievement award, the Bollingen Prize.

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