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The life of John Berryman

Author: John Haffenden
Publisher: Boston : Routledge & K. Paul, 1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Berryman occupies a central place among the outstanding poets of recent times. Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, which Edmund Wilson called "the most distinguished long poem by an American since "The Waste Land", and The Dream Songs, an astonishing modern epic in which Berryman displayed much of his personality and experience, together earned him the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for peotry. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Haffenden, John.
Life of John Berryman.
Boston : Routledge & K. Paul, 1982
(OCoLC)821147354
Named Person: John Berryman; John Berryman; John Berryman; John Berryman; John Berryman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Haffenden
ISBN: 0710092164 9780710092168
OCLC Number: 8133249
Description: xiii, 451 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introductory --
Beginnings: boyhood and father's suicide --
A monkey among kings, 1927-32 --
Scapegrace and spirited student, 1932-36 --
Distinction and first fiancee, 1936-39 --
First teaching and another loss, 1939-40 --
Harvard and marriage, 1940-43 --
Princeton and the pains of scholarship, 1943-46 --
Art and adultery, 1947 --
Berryman's Sonnets --
Aftermath --
Work and shame, 1948-51 --
Transitions, 1952-54 --
Minneapolis and second marriage, 1954-57 --
Breaking-points, 1958-59 --
Third marriage, 1960-62 --
Triumphs and trials, 1962-66 --
The sick and brilliant public man, 1966-69 --
Drink and disease, 1969-70 --
Precarious recovery, 1970-71 --
Last months, 1971-72 --
Appendix: a famous forebear: Robert Glenn Shaver.
Responsibility: John Haffenden.

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John Berryman occupies a central place among the outstanding poets of recent times. Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, which Edmund Wilson called "the most distinguished long poem by an American since "The Waste Land", and The Dream Songs, an astonishing modern epic in which Berryman displayed much of his personality and experience, together earned him the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for peotry. The autobiographical daring of his poetry, which began as early as 1947 with Berryman's Sonnets, a sequence charting the fortunes of a love affair (not published until 1976), roused the wide interest in the poet's life-story which this biography is designed to meet. -- Book jacket.

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