Two American Poets

Wallace Stevens & William Carlos Williams

From the

Collection of Alan M. Klein

Inscribed to his Son, Paul Williams

Paul Herman Williams (1917-2003) – the second of Williams’s two sons – married Virginia Carnes (“Jinny”) in 1941 and they had three children: Paul, Jr., Raymond and Suzanne. From September 1944 to March 1946, while Paul was serving in the Navy during WWII, Jinny and the children moved into 9 Ridge Road in Rutherford with Flossie and Bill. In letters to Pound and Zukofsky from this period, Williams speaks fondly of life with his daughter-in-law and young grandchildren, and was pleased that upon Paul’s return, the family settled nearby. Later on Paul and Jinny separated and, after a trial reunification, ultimately divorced, which accounts for Williams’s shift from joint inscriptions to individual presentations.

For more information on the publications in this Collection, see Inscribed to his Son, Paul Williams.