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Berryman, John 1914-1972

Works: 411 works in 1,169 publications in 4 languages and 57,612 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Horror fiction  Gothic fiction  Sonnets  Horror tales  Novels 
Roles: Author, Performer, Author of introduction, htt, Editor, Other, Lyricist, Creator
Classifications: PS3503.E744, 811.54
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Most widely held works by John Berryman
The dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

55 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Berryman's Dream Songs are perhaps the funniest, saddest, most intricately wrought cycle of poems by an American in the twentieth century. They are also, more simply, the vibrantly sketched adventures of a uniquely American antihero named Henry. Henry falls in and out of love, and is in and out of the hospital; he sings of joy and desire, and of beings at odds with the world. He is lustful; he is depressed. And while Henry is breaking down and cracking up and patching himself together again, Berryman is doing the same thing to the English language, crafting electric verses that defy grammar but resound with an intuitive truth: "if he had a hundred years," Henry despairs in "Dream Song 29," "& more, & weeping, sleepless, in all them time / Henry could not make good." This volume collects both 77 Dream Songs, which won Berryman the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, and their continuation, His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, which was awarded the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize in 1969. The Dream Songs are witty and wild, an account of madness shot through with searing insight, winking word play, and moments of pure, soaring elation. This is a brilliantly sustained and profoundly moving performance that has not yet-and may never be-equaled
Stephen Crane by John Berryman( Book )

59 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the only biography by a leading American poet of the great American writer, Stephen Crane. John Berryman originally wrote this book in 1950 for the distinguished "American Men of Letters" series, and revised it twelve years later. This edition reproduces the later version. In Stephen Crane, Berryman assesses the writings and life of a man whose work has been one of the most powerful influences on modern writers. As Edmund Wilson said in The New Yorker, "Mr. Berryman's work is an important one, and not merely because at the moment it stands alone ... We are not likely soon to get anything better on the critical and psychological sides." It is Berryman's special insight into Crane as a poet that makes this book unique
Collected poems, 1937-1971 by John Berryman( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,634 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
His toy, his dream, his rest : 308 dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

39 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows how to count from one to twenty and twenty-five, fifty, seventy-five, and one hundred using American Sign Language
77 dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

20 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in English and held by 1,492 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 )

29 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry by John Berryman including the poems under "Opus Dei" and "Scherzo."
The freedom of the poet by John Berryman( Book )

16 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 1,362 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 )

15 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in English and held by 1,337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Love affair in the poet's youth is depicted in the style of Petrarchism
Recovery by John Berryman( Book )

15 editions published between 1945 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Severance, a scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner. struggles to conquer his addiction to alcohol
Love & fame by John Berryman( Book )

32 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty-nine lyrical works in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet describes the creative process, politics, and the struggle of maintaining life
Henry's fate & other poems, 1967-1972 by John Berryman( Book )

26 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems in this posthumous collection were written by John Berrman between 1967 and 1972, the year of his death. The first group consists of forty-five unpublished or uncollected Dream Songs, included the title poem, "Henry's Fate." The second part includes eleven short poems; the third is devoted to unfinished longer poems, one of which is the extraordinary draft version of "Washington in Love," more ambitious in scope and intention than the version Berryman published in Delusions, Etc. This section also includes the "Proemio"to a poem addressed to his children, which Berryman was planning as "my third epic," after Homage to Mistress Bradstreet and The Dream Songs. The fourth and final section consists of ten poems of the later period, including "The Alcoholic in the 3rd Week of the 3rd Treatment," and "I didn't," a poem written within forty-eight hours of his death. Henry's Fate and Other Poems has been compiled by John Haffenden, poet and critic, who is at work on the authorized biography of Berrman. In his introduction he reveals that a number of poems turned up in unlikely places: " Old Codger Henry' was found, for example, on a scrap of envelope tucked away in an edition of Coleridge." He cites a satirical epitaph Berryman wrote on himself as early as 1955: "He was a poet. To earn a living--instead of scrounging as he should have done--he lectured on subjects he knew nothing about to students incapable of learning anything." He feels that Berryman "embodied in his life the truth of his own phrase, 'The happier you get the worse you feel.'"
Homage to Mistress Bradstreet; [poem] by John Berryman( Book )

31 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, long poem by John Berryman, written in 1948–53 and published in 1956. Noted for its intensity, it is a tribute to colonial poet Anne Bradstreet that also reveals much about the author. The poem examines the tension between Bradstreet’s personal life and her artistic life, concluding in a spirit of fatalism. It shows throughout a loving and intimate grasp of the details of American history. The work primarily examines creative repression, religious apostasy, and the temptation to adultery
Berryman's Shakespeare by John Berryman( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 997 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 )

8 editions published between 1952 and 2016 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The monk, Ambrosio is abandoned by his parents as an infant. Raised in a monastery, he is a religious fast-tracker taught to disdain sin and hold himself up as a model of purity, untempted by secular pleasure. In Madrid, as the novel begins, he is the young abbot, leader of a monastery. A mesmerizing public speaker, Ambrosio becomes proud and vain, as his popular weekly sermons quickly raise him to the status of an idol. Mischief and misfortunes ensue as Ambrosio's real virtues are put to the test
Short poems by John Berryman( Book )

10 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in English and held by 622 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 )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores the twentieth-century poet's emulation of the everyday protagonist's search for connection, discussing the accomplishments of such early works as 'Homage to Mistress Bradstreet,' his middle-career writings including the 'Dream Song,' and his late religious poems."--Provided by publisher
Stephen Crane : a critical biography by John Berryman( Book )

21 editions published between 1950 and 2001 in English and held by 517 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."--Jacket
Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, and other poems by John Berryman( Book )

10 editions published between 1959 and 1969 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 345 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"--
Selected poems, 1938-1968 by John Berryman( Book )

34 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Collected poems, 1937-1971
Collected poems, 1937-197177 dream songsRecoveryBerryman's ShakespeareThe monkSelected poemsStephen Crane : a critical biographyHomage to Mistress Bradstreet, and other poemsSelected poems, 1938-1968
Alternative Names
Allyn Smith, John 1914-1972

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John P. Smith (1912-1972)

Smith John Allyn

Smith, John Allyn 1914-1972