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Berryman, John 1914-1972

Works: 414 works in 1,087 publications in 3 languages and 56,299 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Psychological fiction  Horror tales 
Roles: Author, Performer, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Narrator
Classifications: PS3503.E744, 811.54
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Stephen Crane by John Berryman( Book )

66 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of American poet, novelist, and short story writer Stephen Crane, focusing on the influence his many travels and adventures had on his writings
The dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

38 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,751 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
Collected poems, 1937-1971 by John Berryman( Book )

25 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings together all of Berryman' s poetry, except for his epic "The Dream Songs," ranging from his earliest unpublished poem (1934) to those written in the last months of his life (1972). A definitive edition of one of America' s most distinguished poets
His toy, his dream, his rest; 308 dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

28 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

77 dream songs by John Berryman( Book )

43 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,567 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 )

22 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,460 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
Homage to Mistress Bradstreet; [poem] by John Berryman( Book )

45 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,432 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
The freedom of the poet by John Berryman( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 1,415 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 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 )

38 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

35 editions published between 1945 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Severance, a scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner. struggles to conquer his addiction to alcohol
Henry's fate & other poems, 1967-1972 by John Berryman( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love & fame by John Berryman( Book )

26 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,273 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."
Berryman's Shakespeare by John Berryman( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 1,032 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 )

12 editions published between 1952 and 1959 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As vague memories - a childhood trip to Berlin with his mother, perhaps looking for his father? - spring from ordinary images and objects, Robin's days in Berlin become a labyrinth of present and past haunted by echoes of Proust and Oedipus. But ultimately, to whom do these memories belong? And who, after all, is Robin?"--Jacket
Short poems by John Berryman( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in English and held by 633 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 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems, 1938-1968 by John Berryman( Book )

29 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by John Berryman( Book )

10 editions published between 1942 and 2004 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dispossessed by John Berryman( Book )

10 editions published between 1948 and 1993 in English and held by 248 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 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"): A new selection of John Berryman's work, in honor of the poet's centenary"--
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Collected poems, 1937-1971
Alternative Names
Allyn Smith, John 1914-1972

Berryman, John

Ioannes Berryman

John Berryman Amerikaans auteur

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John Berryman US-amerikanischer Dichter und Hochschullehrer

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John Lucian Smith United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient

Smith, John Allyn

Smith, John Allyn 1914-1972

Джон Берримен

ג'ון ברימן

جان بریمن شاعر آمریکایی

जाह्न बेरिमन


English (539)

Spanish (1)

German (1)

The dream songsCollected poems, 1937-197177 dream songsHomage to Mistress Bradstreet; [poem]RecoveryBerryman's ShakespeareThe monkSelected poems