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James Merrill (1926–1995)

Forfatter af The Changing Light at Sandover

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Omfatter også følgende navne: James Merril, Merrill James, James Ingram Merrill

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Værker af James Merrill

The Changing Light at Sandover (1982) 361 eksemplarer
Collected Poems (2001) 317 eksemplarer
Selected Poems, 1946-1985 (1992) 149 eksemplarer
A Different Person: A Memoir (1993) 127 eksemplarer
A Scattering of Salts (1995) 98 eksemplarer
From the First Nine Poems, 1946-76 (1982) 90 eksemplarer
The (Diblos) Notebook (1965) 73 eksemplarer
Divine Comedies (1976) 67 eksemplarer
Collected Novels and Plays (2002) 58 eksemplarer
Inner Room (1988) 53 eksemplarer
Recitative: Prose (1986) 41 eksemplarer
Mirabell: Books of Number (1978) 39 eksemplarer
Scripts for the Pageant (1980) 39 eksemplarer
Collected Prose (2004) 38 eksemplarer
Nights and Days (1963) 37 eksemplarer
Late Settings (1985) 30 eksemplarer
Braving the elements; poems (1972) 28 eksemplarer
The Fire Screen (1969) 27 eksemplarer
Water Street (1962) 22 eksemplarer
The seraglio (1957) 16 eksemplarer
The Book of Ephraim (2018) 12 eksemplarer
The yellow pages: 59 poems (1974) 6 eksemplarer
Voices From Sandover (1982) 5 eksemplarer
Two Poems (Phoenix Living Poets) (1972) 4 eksemplarer
FIRST POEMS (1951) 3 eksemplarer
From the cutting-room floor (1983) 3 eksemplarer
Metamorphosis of 741 (SC) (1977) 2 eksemplarer
Casas Reflejadas 2 eksemplarer
Log {poem} 1 eksemplar
Samos 1 eksemplar
Marbled Paper (SC) (1982) 1 eksemplar
Three Poems (1988) 1 eksemplar
Nine Lives 1 eksemplar
Five Inscriptions 1 eksemplar
Souvenirs (SC) (1984) 1 eksemplar
Peter (1982) 1 eksemplar
Ideas, Etc. (SC) 1 eksemplar
Days of 1935 {poem} 1 eksemplar
Wybor poezji (1990) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,253 eksemplarer
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver914 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Bidragyder — 746 eksemplarer
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver441 eksemplarer
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver383 eksemplarer
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Bidragyder — 274 eksemplarer
The Art of Losing (2010) — Bidragyder — 197 eksemplarer
Poems Bewitched and Haunted (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (2005) — Bidragyder — 188 eksemplarer
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (Stonewall Inn Editions) (1836) — Bidragyder — 179 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Bidragyder — 170 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1996 (1996) — Bidragyder — 169 eksemplarer
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Bidragyder — 162 eksemplarer
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Bidragyder — 139 eksemplarer
American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (2003) — Bidragyder — 133 eksemplarer
Becoming a Poet: Elizabeth Bishop with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell (1938) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver86 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (1965) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver81 eksemplarer
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
American Sonnets: An Anthology (2007) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer
Lament for the Makers: A Memorial Anthology (1996) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (2010) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
New World Writing: Second Mentor Selection (1952) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
The Paris Review 84 1982 Summer (1982) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Playbook: Five Plays for a New Theater — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Locus Solus III-IV, New Poetry, A Special Double Issue (1962) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Antaeus No. 18, Summer 1975 — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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Europe in the 1950s from the vantage point of a young gay man, this very personal memoir recounts a short period in the life of one of our finest poets. I would recommend it both to fans of James Merrill and American poetry.
jwhenderson | 1 anden anmeldelse | May 13, 2023 |
Anyone who’s played with Ouija (rhymes with “squeegee”) boards knows how much good clean fun they are. There’s something wholesome, as well as thrilling, about producing text collectively — that is, if you don’t think you’re actually in touch with the beyond. But in my experience, if you look around the table, there are generally one or two people who’d be much more likely to come up with those cryptic memoranda on their own than the one or two others.

The more you think about the squeegee board, the less fun it is. And I think that’s true of The Book of Ephraim, too.

Merrill is a wonderful formal poet, in his element in the terza rima section or any of the casual dives into sonnets, couplets — or some gorgeous weighty hendecs in a late section. The problem is that so much of the subject matter is diaristic, to be charitable — navel-gazing, to be mean. Much of it revolves around the loss of a novel on the same subject (whatever that is) — I found myself wishing the novel had remained intact. Most of this long poem is just a couple of guys arsing around with a Ouija board. There are exceptions: I loved section P, which spirals from power in general to a full-on cold-war nightmare. But the panoply of characters come and go (talking of Michaelangelo). Half of them are just ghosts symbolic to Merrill and half are real (Maya Deren e.g.) but never really realized. The title fellow is the prime example of the former. The more I read of Eph’s all-caps, the more it sounded very much like a couple of well-educated aesthetes harmonizing. And not at all ancient. That’s the squeegee for you. Lots of fun at the time, best if you don’t write it down.

The only phrase I remember from my ouija days is “wend your way to Damascus, jaded though you are”.

My enjoyment of the poem was lessened by Yenser’s lickspittle annotations which frequently call our attention to how subtle, pertinent, or wonderful some vague reference or pretty construction is. But I want to end positively — JM is a god at putting words in the right order. If you like long poems with masterful metre, little connection to the world, absurdly arbitrary structures and no real sense of purpose, you’ll dig The Book of Ephraim.
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yarb | Jan 25, 2022 |
An odd novel, probably of enduring interest mostly because it is semi-autobiographical, and the author is a famous poet. It was panned by the TLS when originally released, and it's not really difficult to see why. In the afterword accompanying the book's republication thirty years later, Merrill acknowledges that he basically patched the novel together from a set of loosely connected fragments, an admission of laziness apt to make many readers feel ill used. I had trouble keeping track of the many minor characters, and it seems that other reviewers did as well. I think the novel's strengths are Merrill's descriptions of things and places--he has a lovely talent for using color in his prose. Recommend for readers interested in the lives of the extremely rich, and who have exhausted all other options. Also, of course, for Merrill fans.… (mere)
gtross | Apr 18, 2020 |
A minor poet of the 1960'sJames Merrill ventures into novel writing. This un-inspired book is presented as a "Work in Progress" manuscript, with the dashes, underscores, and interpolations that word processing has happily rendered unnecessary for modern manuscriptions.
DinadansFriend | 2 andre anmeldelser | Oct 23, 2019 |



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