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Merrill, James 1926-1995

Overview
Works: 434 works in 930 publications in 1 language and 36,672 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  Interviews  Diary fiction 
Roles: Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Other, Correspondent, Collaborator, Librettist, Lyricist
Classifications: PS3525.E6645, 811.54
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Collected poems by James Merrill ( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Here are all the poems -- from his earliest published collection, The Black Swan and Other Poems (1946), to his posthumous volume, A Scattering of Salts (1995) -- together with many that have never been previously collected
Divine comedies : poems by James Merrill ( Book )
18 editions published between 1976 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,082 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mirabell, books of number by James Merrill ( Book )
14 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The changing light at Sandover : including the whole of the Book of Ephraim, Mirabell's books of number, Scripts for the pageant, and a new coda, the Higher keys by James Merrill ( Book )
19 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Merrill's audacious and dazzling epic poem, The Changing Light at Sandover, remains as startling today as when it first emerged in separate volumes over a period of several years. Individual parts won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the entire poem, when it was collected into one volume in 1982, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book carries us to the scene of Merrill's Ouija board sessions with his partner, David Jackson--the candlelit Stonington dining room with its flame-colored walls and the famous Willowware cup they used as a pointer in their occult travels. In a shimmering interplay of verse forms, Merrill set down their extended conversations with their familiar and guide, Ephraim (a first-century Greek Jew), W.H. Auden, W.B. Yeats, Plato, a brilliant peacock named Mirabell, and other old friends who had passed to the other side. JM (whom the spirits call "scribe") and DJ ("hand") are also introduced to the lonely eminence God B ("God Biology"), his sister Mother Nature, and a host of angels and lesser residents of the empyrean who are variously involved in the ways of this world. The laughter, the missteps, and the schoolroom frustrations of the earthly pair's gradual enlightenment make this otherworldly journey, finally, an utterly human one. A unique exploration of the writer's role in a postatomic, postreligious age, Sandover has been compared to the work of Yeats, Proust, Milton, and Blake. Merrill's tale of the joys and tragedies of man's powers, and his message about the importance of our endangered efforts to make a good life on earth, will stand as one of the most profound experiences available to readers of poetry. --Alfred A. Knopf
Braving the elements; poems by James Merrill ( Book )
16 editions published between 1965 and 1979 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A scattering of salts : poems by James Merrill ( Book )
10 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this, his first new book of poems in seven years, Merrill is at the top of his form. His unrivalled poetic use of the private life is brilliantly evident. The stuff of autobiography is transfigured becoming a medium for the profoundest truth, couched in a language that draws on both rueful wit and elegant slang. From "Nine Lives," an Athenian fable, through "Volcanic Holiday," with its euphoric helicopter ride, to "Family Week at Oracle Ranch," set in a New Age rehab center, his vivid glimpses of the real world widen into surprising and meditative visions that touch us all
Nights and days; poems by James Merrill ( Book )
30 editions published between 1964 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two long poems: "The thousand and second night", and "From the cupola" plus sixteen others
Selected poems, 1946-1985 by James Merrill ( Book )
19 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This new Selected Poems replaces an earlier selection of work by James Merrill entitled From the First Nine (1982), now out of print; it includes 121 poems taken from that work and from Late Settings (1985), but it excludes the long narrative poem The Changing Light at Sandover, which is republished simultaneously in a separate volume. Together the two give solid definition to a body of poetic work that must be accounted among the finest in English of our time. Of James Merrill, the critic Harold Bloom has said, "He is indisputably a verse artist comparable to Milton, Tennyson and Pope. Surely he will be remembered as the Mozart of American poetry, classical rather than mannerist or baroque, master of the changing light or perfection that consoles."
The (Diblos) notebook by James Merrill ( Book )
16 editions published between 1865 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Belevenissen van een homojongen op het Griekse eiland Diblos, in de vorm van losse notities
The country of a thousand years of peace, and other poems by James Merrill ( Book )
23 editions published between 1958 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the first nine : poems, 1946-1976 by James Merrill ( Book )
7 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scripts for the pageant by James Merrill ( Book )
8 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Late settings : poems by James Merrill ( Book )
4 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The inner room : poems by James Merrill ( Book )
11 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The fire screen; poems by James Merrill ( Book )
13 editions published between 1969 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Water Street, poems by James Merrill ( Book )
16 editions published between 1962 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poems, by the American author-playwright
James Merrill : collected novels and plays by James Merrill ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Merrill : selected poems by James Merrill ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The seraglio by James Merrill ( Book )
15 editions published between 1957 and 1987 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First poems by James Merrill ( Book )
10 editions published between 1950 and 2003 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Merrill, James
Merrill, James, 1926-1995
Merrill, James I. 1926-1995
Merrill, James Ingram.
Merrill, James Ingram, 1926-1995
メリル, ジェイムズ
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English (327)
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