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Berryman, John 1914-1972

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Works: 444 works in 1,069 publications in 2 languages and 56,712 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Psychological fiction  Horror tales  Gothic fiction  Horror fiction 
Roles: Author, Performer, Dedicatee, Honoree, Narrator, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3503.E744, 811.54
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Stephen Crane by John Berryman( Book )

60 editions published between 1950 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems, 1937-1971 by John Berryman( Book )

26 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of Berryman's poems, written between 1937 and 1971, includes his seven collections of short poems, the original text of his sonnets, and Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, one of his two long poems
The dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

29 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition combines 'The Dream Songs, ' awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965, and 'His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, ' which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1969 and contains all 385 songs
His toy, his dream, his rest; 308 dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

29 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

77 dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

24 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in English and held by 1,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wild, masterful Pulitzer Prize'winning cycle of poems that half a century later still shocks and astounds John Berryman was hardly unknown when he published 77 Dream Songs, but the volume was, nevertheless, a shock and a revelation. A "spooky" collection in the words of Robert Lowell'"a maddening work of genius." As Henri Cole notes in his elegant, perceptive introduction, Berryman had discovered "a looser style that mixed high and low dictions with a strange syntax." Berryman had also discovered his most enduring alter ego, a paranoid, passionate, depressed, drunk, irrepressible antihero named Henry or, sometimes, Mr. Bones: "We touch at certain points," Berryman claimed, of Henry, "But I am an actual human being." Henry may not be real, but he comes alive on the page. And while the most famous of the Dream Songs begins, "Life, friends, is boring," these poems never are. Henry lusts: seeing a woman "Filling her compact & delicious body / with chicken pAprika" he can barely restrain himself: "only the fact of her husband & four other people / kept me from springing on her." Henry despairs: "All the world like a woolen lover / once did seem on Henry's side. / Then came a departure." Henry, afraid of his own violent urges, consoles himself: "Nobody is ever missing." 77 Dream Songs won the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, but Berryman's formal and emotional innovations'he cracks the language open, creates a new idiom in which to express eternal feelings'remain as alive and immediate today as ever
Delusions, etc. of John Berryman by John Berryman( Book )

25 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Berryman's posthumous book of poems, Delusions, Etc., had been completed and was in proof before his death on January 7, 1972. The opening section, "Opus Dei," is a sequence of eight poems based on the offices of the day from Lauds to Compline'the lines above being quoted from Nones. Part two consists of five poems whose subject are George Washington ("Rectitude, and the terrible upstanding member"), Beethoven, Emily Dickinson, Georg Trakl, and Dylan Thomas. The thirteen poems in the third part include "Gislebertus' Eve," "Scholars at the Orchid Pavilion," "Ecce Homo," Tampa Stomp," and "Hello." The fourth part is arranged as a scherzo. It starts with "Navajo Setting the Record Straight" and ends with "Damn You, Jim D., You Woke Me Up." The concluding section is reflective and meditative in tone, with "The Prayer of the Middle-Aged Man," "Somber Prayer," "Minnesota Thanksgiving," and "A Usual Prayer," and a coda that rises to the high spirits of "King David Dances." Delusions, Etc. is an impressive collection of verse by one of the most original poets of our time, whose death at the height of his powers is a tragic loss to letters
The freedom of the poet by John Berryman( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 1,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Less than a year before his death in 1972, John Berryman signed a contract with his publisher for a book of prose, The Freedom of the Poet, for which he had made a selection from his published and unpublished writings. In his draft of a prefatory note, he acknowledged the influence of Eliot, Blackmur, Pound, and Empson on his critical thought, pointing out that "my interest in critical theory has been slight," and concluding: "But I have also borne in mind throughout: remarks by Franz Kafka ('the story came out of me like a real birth, covered with slime and blood') and Joseph Conrad: 'All the great creations of literature have been symbolic, and in that way have gained in complexity, in power, in depth and in beauty.'" There are thirty-six pieces in all, including not only such justly famous writings on Elizabethan figures as "Shakespeare at Thirty" and "Thomas Nashe and The Unfortunate Traveller" but also "Shakespeare's Last Word" and "Marlowe's Damnations," published for the first time; essays on American writers like Dreiser, Crane, James, Lardner, Fitzgerald, and Bellow, and on poets like Hardy, Pound, Ransom, Eliot, Thomas, Lowell, and Williams; unpublished essays on Cervantes, Whitman's "Song of Myself," Conrad, and Anne Frank; "Thursday Out," an account of a trip to India, and stories, published and unpublished, including "Wash Far Away," "The Lovers," "All Their Colours Exiled," and "The Imaginary Jew."The poet's "freedom" in Berryman's definition is not license but escape, release--even death. The title piece--the second part of his essay on The Tempest--confirms this with his statement about Prospero: "This longing--for release, for freedom-- ... is neither disillusioned nor frightening. It is radiant and desirous."This final book which John Berryman himself prepared exhibits his erudition and scholarship, his critical insight and empathy, and a first-rate poet's powerful prose
Berryman's sonnets by John Berryman( Book )

21 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Love affair in the poet's youth is depicted in the style of Petrarchism
Henry's fate & other poems, 1967-1972 by John Berryman( Book )

25 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love & fame by John Berryman( Book )

28 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most astonishing things about this astonishing book is that it follows so closely in time the enormous achievement of the author's Dream Songs, the first part of which 77 Dream Songs, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965 and the second part, His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, the National Book Award for Poetry in 1969. Love & Fame is written in a style new for Berryman, new for anybody. The poet talks of his beginnings as an artist' of his loves; of the strange experience of fame ("Dawdling into glory"); of violent politics' of a sanatorium in the Midwest ("Hospital racket, nurses' iron smiles")' of the whole peculiar business of being and staying alive. The poems are cast in language that is fresh, frank blunt, exuberantly gay, shocking, funny, deeply tragic, and never less than memorable: Thought much I then on perforated daddy, daddy boxed in & let down with strong strapswhen I my friends' homes visited, with fathersuniversal & intact. Love & Fame culminates in a grave series of "Eleven Addresses to the Lord."
Recovery by John Berryman( Book )

15 editions published between 1945 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Severance, a scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner. struggles to conquer his addiction to alcohol
Homage to Mistress Bradstreet; [poem] by John Berryman( Book )

26 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume represents the first appearance in paperback of one of America's most outstanding poets. It contains, besides the long title poem, the major portion of Short Poems; a selection from The Dispossessed, which drew on two earlier collections; some poems from His Thought Made Pockets & The Plane Buckt; and one poem from Sonnets
Berryman's Shakespeare by John Berryman( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's early comedy; Shakespeare at thirty; Pathos and dream; The world of action; All's well; The crisis; The tragic substance; The end; Shakespeare's last word; Project: an edition of King Lear; Textual introduction [King Lear]; Staging [Lear]; The conceiving of King Lear; Letters on Lear; William Houghton, William Haughton, The Shrew and the Sonnets; The sonnets; The Comedy of Errors; 1590: King John; 2 Henry VI; 3 Henry VI; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; On Macbeth; Shakespeare's poor relation: 2 Henry IV; Shakespeare's reality
The monk by M. G Lewis( Book )

11 editions published between 1952 and 1959 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is 1949. A special agent of the French secret service, Henri Robin, is aboard a train to Berlin, on a special mission of an undisclosed nature. In what could be Graham Greene's The Third Man or a Hitchcock film, he crosses national borders and shuffles aliases with a false mustache and multiple sets of identity papers. Pulling into the station and preparing to meet his contact, Robin is alarmed by a disturbing glimpse of his own doppelganger. As Robin's time in Berlin unfolds, it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems. A shooting, a kidnapping, encounters with pimps and teenage whores, druggings, police interrogations, and torture arise in a mysterious, ever-more-dreamlike sequence, as an unnamed interlocutor points out inconsistencies in Robin's own story
Short poems by John Berryman( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection brings together in a single volume a wide range of John Berryman's earlier work. It includes the complete contents of The Dispossessed, a selection published in 1948 which has been out of print; and all the poems in His Thought Made Pockets & the Plane Buckt, privately issued in a limited edition in 1958; and "Formal Elegy," written in 1963 on the occasion of the death of President Kennedy. There are sixy-four poems in all. Mr. Berryman calls the collection Short Poems, despite the noticeable length of several of the poems, no doubt to distinguish this book from his long work-in-progress, The Dream Songs, from Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, and from the recently published sequence, Berryman's Sonnets
Selected poems by John Berryman( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, and other poems by John Berryman( Book )

21 editions published between 1959 and 1978 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Crane : a critical biography by John Berryman( Book )

8 editions published between 1977 and 2001 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a study about the brief, adventurous, travel-worn life - and specifically its relationship to the writings - of Stephen Crane (1871-1900), the American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Despite being an artist of immense talent and achievements, Crane, who died at the age of twenty-eight, quickly slipped into obscurity. Berryman's biography revived Crane's reputation and delineated the scope of his artistic accomplishment."--BOOK JACKET
Selected poems, 1938-1968 by John Berryman( Book )

32 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heart is strange : new selected poems by John Berryman( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A lively sampling from the work of one of the most celebrated and daring poets of the twentieth century John Berryman was perhaps the most idiosyncratic American poet of the twentieth century. Best known for the painfully sad and raucously funny cycle of Dream Songs, he wrote passionately: of love and despair, of grief and laughter, of longing for a better world and coming to terms with this one. The Heart Is Strange, a new selection of his poems, along with reissues of Berryman's Sonnets, 77 Dream Songs, and the complete Dream Songs, marks the centenary of his birth. The Heart Is Strange includes a generous selection from across Berryman's varied career: from his earliest poems, which show him learning the craft, to his breakthrough masterpiece, "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," then to his mature verses, which find the poet looking back upon his lovers and youthful passions, and finally, to his late poems, in which he battles with sobriety and an increasingly religious sensibility. The defiant joy and wild genius of Berryman's work has been obscured by his struggles with mental illness and alcohol, his tempestuous relationships with women, and his suicide. This volume, which includes three previously uncollected poems and an insightful introduction by the editor Daniel Swift, celebrates the whole Berryman: tortured poet and teasing father, passionate lover and melancholy scholar. It is a perfect introduction to one of the finest bodies of work yet produced by an American poet"--
 
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Collected poems, 1937-1971
Alternative Names
Allyn Smith, John 1914-1972

Berryman, John

Ioannes Berryman

John Berryman Amerikaans auteur

John Berryman amerikansk poet

John Berryman amerykański poeta

John Berryman poeta statunitense

John Berryman US-amerikanischer Dichter und Hochschullehrer

John Berryman Usona poeto

John Smith (flying ace) Amerikaans officier (1914-1972)

Smith, John Allyn

Smith, John Allyn 1914-1972

Джон Берримен

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ג'ון ברימן

جان بریمن شاعر آمریکایی

जाह्न बेरिमन

ジョン・ベリーマン

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English (471)

Spanish (1)

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The dream songs77 dream songsRecoveryBerryman's ShakespeareThe monkSelected poemsHomage to Mistress Bradstreet, and other poemsStephen Crane : a critical biographySelected poems, 1938-1968