Jean Stafford won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for her Collected Short Stories. She published three novels between 1944 and 1952: Boston Adventure, The Mountain Lion, and The Catherine Wheel. “An Influx of Poets” first appeared in The New Yorker in 1978 as an excerpt from her uncompleted autobiographical novel, The Parliament of Women, in which her marriage to Robert Lowell figures as a source for the story. Ms. Stafford was born in Covina, California, in 1915 and died in White Plains, New York, in 1979.
Photo courtesy of Jean Stafford Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.