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Following James Merrill’s widely celebrated Collected Poems and Collected Novels and Plays, this volume gives us, most intimately, the man himself and his charmingly straightforward exploration of how he became himself. As much as any poet of our time, Merrill conceived of his work and his life as warp and woof, and the prose collected here (from his juvenilia and occasion ...more
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Knopf
(first published 2004)
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This installment of the Knopf Merrill collects his interviews, occasional prose and his wonderful memoir, "A Different Person"--an account of his travels amid other well-heeled young Americans trying to find (or loose) themselves in 1950s Italy. It's kind of like "The Talented Mr. Ripley," only everyone's cultured and sane and non-homicidal. The Merrill tone is unaltered by the switch to prose: he's still funny, wry, and casually wise. But even at his most nonchalant and conversational, Merrill ...more
James Ingram Merrill was born on March 3, 1926, and died on February 6, 1995. From the mid-1950s on, he lived in Stonington, Connecticut, and for extended periods he also had houses in Athens and Key West. From The Black Swan (1946) through A Scattering of Salts (1995), he wrote twelve books of poems, ten of them published in trade editions, as well as The Changing Light at Sandover (1982). He als ...moreMore about James Merrill...