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The Resource James Merrill : life and art, Langdon Hammer

James Merrill : life and art, Langdon Hammer

Label
James Merrill : life and art
Title
James Merrill
Title remainder
life and art
Statement of responsibility
Langdon Hammer
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The first biography of one of the most important poets in the second half of the twentieth century, whose life story is unparalleled in its narrative interest. The story of James Merrill (1926-1995) is that of a young man escaping, but inevitably reproducing, the energies and obsessions of glamorous, powerful parents (his father founded Merrill Lynch); of a gay man inventing his identity against a shifting social and sexual backdrop; and of a brilliantly gifted poet testing the redemptive potential of his art. We see how Merrill, freed from having to work for a living, made his life itself a kind of work. After Amherst and a period of adventure in Italy, he returned to the New York art world of the 1950s (he met W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Larry Rivers) and began publishing his poems, novels, and plays. In 1953, he fell in love with budding writer David Jackson, who remained his companion for forty years while they explored "boys and bars" in Greece and elsewhere. At the same time, they were talking to the spirits of the otherworld using a Ouija board, which became an improbable source of poetic inspiration for Merrill. In his many collections of poetry and the candid letters and diaries that enrich every page of this deliciously readable life, Merrill created a prismatic art of multiple perspectives. Holding that life and art together in a complex, evolving whole, Langdon Hammer illuminates Merrill's "chronicles of love & loss" and the remarkable personal journey they record"--
  • "A biography of the acclaimed poet James Merrill"--
Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hammer, Langdon
Dewey number
  • 811/.54
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3525.E6645
LC item number
Z674 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gay authors
  • Gay men
  • Poets, American
  • Poets, American
  • Gay authors
  • Gay men
  • Merrill, James
  • Merrill, James
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Rich & Famous
  • Gay authors
  • Gay men
  • Poets, American
  • United States
Label
James Merrill : life and art, Langdon Hammer
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Borzoi book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Love and Money (1926-52) -- Water Street (1953-61) -- Greece (1962-72) -- The Other World (1972-83) -- Love and Death (1983-95)
Control code
891427637
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 913 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780375413339
Lccn
2014029325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)891427637
Label
James Merrill : life and art, Langdon Hammer
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Borzoi book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Love and Money (1926-52) -- Water Street (1953-61) -- Greece (1962-72) -- The Other World (1972-83) -- Love and Death (1983-95)
Control code
891427637
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 913 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780375413339
Lccn
2014029325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)891427637

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