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The Resource Familiar spirits : a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson, Alison Lurie

Familiar spirits : a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson, Alison Lurie

Label
Familiar spirits : a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson
Title
Familiar spirits
Title remainder
a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson
Statement of responsibility
Alison Lurie
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"James Merrill and his longtime partner David Jackson were brilliant, rich, charming, generous, and sophisticated, and Merrill was a world-famous poet, known for the autobiographical element in his work. They were also, for over a quarter-century, deeply involved with ghosts, gods, and spirits, with whom they communicated through a Ouija board. Among the results of this intense preoccupation with the occult were a book-length poem, which some critics have called a masterpiece, and the possible destruction of several lives." "The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie knew James Merrill and David Jackson for more than forty years. Now, in Familiar Spirits, she reveals both the worldly and otherworldly sources of Merrill's brilliant poem, The Changing Light at Sandover, which he called his "chronicles of love and loss." In her signature mix of comedy and analysis, she recalls Merrill and Jackson's life together in New York, Athens, and Key West, and speculates on the meaning of their adventures in both the real and unreal worlds. Her account of Merrill and Jackson's peculiar relationship with the supernatural and its tragic end will not only surprise many readers, it will also stand as a poignant memorial to her lost friends."--Jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lurie, Alison
Dewey number
  • 811/.5409
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3525.E6645
LC item number
Z774 2001
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, American
  • Gay men
  • Poets, American
  • Merrill, James
  • Lurie, Alison
  • Jackson, David
Label
Familiar spirits : a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson, Alison Lurie
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Key West
  • Trouble
  • Peter
  • Video Days
  • Endings
  • Beginnings
  • Journeys
  • Fame and Failure
  • The Ouija Board
  • Sandover
  • Good News from the Other World
  • How and Why
  • Doubts
Control code
44683416
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9780670894598
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00043594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Familiar spirits : a memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson, Alison Lurie
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Key West
  • Trouble
  • Peter
  • Video Days
  • Endings
  • Beginnings
  • Journeys
  • Fame and Failure
  • The Ouija Board
  • Sandover
  • Good News from the Other World
  • How and Why
  • Doubts
Control code
44683416
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9780670894598
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00043594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

Library Locations

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