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Merrill, James 1926-1995

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Works: 603 works in 1,361 publications in 3 languages and 43,897 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Gay poetry  Fiction  Interviews  Diary fiction  Essays 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Dedicatee, Correspondent, Photographer, vac, Contributor, Recipient, Librettist, Lyricist
Classifications: PS3525.E6645, 811.54
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Collected poems by James Merrill( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,331 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
The Columbia book of Chinese poetry : from early times to the thirteenth century by Burton Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1,304 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 )

33 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in English and held by 1,009 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
Divine comedies : poems by James Merrill( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Braving the elements by James Merrill( Book )

22 editions published between 1971 and 1979 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mirabell : books of number by James Merrill( Book )

24 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mirabell: Books of Number is a volume of poetry; the second of three books which together form the epic 560-page poem, The Changing Light at Sandover, which was published as a whole in 1982
A scattering of salts : poems by James Merrill( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 897 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 )

31 editions published between 1966 and 1984 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two long poems: "The thousand and second night", and "From the cupola" plus sixteen others
The (Diblos) notebook by James Merrill( Book )

27 editions published between 1865 and 2013 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Best known as a poet, James Merrill is also an accomplished novelist, and in The (Diblos) Notebook artfully lays bare the process of writing a novel. A young American writer keeps a notebook that records at one and the same time a series of events on the Greek island of Diblos in which he is deeply involved, and his attempts to transform these events into a novel. Everything that might be found in such a notebook is used here with great cunning: the false starts that end in the middle of a thought; the endless revisions, canceled out in the search for the right word or phrase; the many approaches and backtrackings as the writer seeks an entrance to the materials through several possible doors; the musings on how the material is to be treated; and the wrestlings with the problem of appearance and assumed reality. The author has written an afterword for this new edition of his 1965 novel."--BOOK JACKET
The country of a thousand years of peace, and other poems by James Merrill( Book )

28 editions published between 1959 and 1983 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Avant-garde poems implying more than they expressly state
Selected poems, 1946-1985 by James Merrill( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 732 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."
From the first nine : poems, 1946-1976 by James Merrill( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Late settings : poems by James Merrill( Book )

12 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Merrill has come to be regarded as one of the outstanding American poets of the 20th century with the publication of his Changing Light at Sandover, a grand, narrative poem in its complete form, and From the First Nine, Poems 1946-1976, a full selection from his first nine books of poems. In Late Settings he has produced another book of poems of the greatest distinction. Included in this collection is a set of six poems called "From the Cutting-room Floor." Another amazing long poem "Santorini: Stopping the Leak" (originally published, minus two stanzas, in The New Yorker) is included in its entirety. Merill's works have been honored with several awards: two National Book Awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Book Critics Circle Award. ISBN 0-689-11572-5 : $12.95
Scripts for the pageant by James Merrill( Book )

20 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A different person : a memoir by James Merrill( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiography by poet James Merrill
The inner room : poems by James Merrill( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Merrill's new collection, The Inner Room, combines symmetry with surprise.The first and last of its five parts include, in addition to diverse two masterly long poems each ('Morning Glory' and 'A Room at the Heart of Things' in Part I and 'Walks in Rome' and 'Losing the Marbles' in Part V). The central section, an arrangement of shorter poems and a bittersweet meditation written some years ago but not collected until now, is framed by the book's most startling accomplishments. In Part II Merrill returns to the verse drama, a genre that he has not worked in since the 1950s, when 'The Bait' was produced off-Broadway. 'The Image Maker' is an exquisitely fashioned one-act play about a santero, a saint-maker, whose carved figures are objects of veneration and sources of power in his Caribbean village. The santero also practices santeria, the Latin American religion that syncretizes the Yoruba lore which the slaves brought with them from West Africa and the Catholicism imposed on them in their new world. In this exotic context, Merrill rings changes on themes developed in his epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover. Part IV, a sequence entitled 'Prose of Departure, is itself another striking departure from Merrill's recent work. Set mostly in Japan, it intertwines narratives of beginnings and endings even as it intersperses its prose with hokku in a manner reminiscent of Basho's travel journals -- though the delicately managed rhymes set Merrill's cachet upon the form. Among the other work here are poems in Sapphics and in syllabics; a villanelle whose recursions celebrate memory', and a doubled anagram, in which the English poem is shadowed by a French version" -- Amazon.com
Water Street by James Merrill( Book )

20 editions published between 1962 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems, by the American author-playwright
The fire screen : poems by James Merrill( Book )

11 editions published between 1969 and 1980 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recitative : prose by James Merrill( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays, interviews en verhalen
James Merrill : collected novels and plays by James Merrill( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Columbia book of Chinese poetry : from early times to the thirteenth century
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The Columbia book of Chinese poetry : from early times to the thirteenth centuryThe 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 keysA scattering of salts : poemsThe (Diblos) notebookSelected poems, 1946-1985From the first nine : poems, 1946-1976A different person : a memoirThe inner room : poemsJames Merrill : collected novels and plays
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