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James Merrill (1926–1995)

Autor(a) de The Changing Light at Sandover

59+ Works 1,899 Membros 17 Críticas 12 Favorited

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Obras por James Merrill

The Changing Light at Sandover (1982) 369 exemplares
Collected Poems (2001) 322 exemplares
Selected Poems, 1946-1985 (1992) 152 exemplares
A Different Person: A Memoir (1993) 128 exemplares
A Scattering of Salts (1995) 99 exemplares
The (Diblos) Notebook (1965) 74 exemplares
Divine Comedies (1976) 68 exemplares
Collected Novels and Plays (2002) 59 exemplares
Inner Room (1988) 55 exemplares
Recitative: Prose (1986) 43 exemplares
Scripts for the Pageant (1980) 41 exemplares
Mirabell: Books of Number (1978) 40 exemplares
Collected Prose (2004) 39 exemplares
Nights and Days (1963) 38 exemplares
Late Settings (1985) 31 exemplares
Braving the elements; poems (1972) 29 exemplares
The Fire Screen (1969) 28 exemplares
Water Street (1962) 23 exemplares
The seraglio (1957) 17 exemplares
The Book of Ephraim (2018) 13 exemplares
The yellow pages: 59 poems (1974) 7 exemplares
Voices From Sandover (1982) 5 exemplares
From the cutting-room floor (1983) 3 exemplares
FIRST POEMS (1951) 3 exemplares
Metamorphosis of 741 (SC) (1977) 2 exemplares
Casas Reflejadas 2 exemplares
Samos 1 exemplar
Marbled Paper (SC) (1982) 1 exemplar
Three Poems (1988) 1 exemplar
Nine Lives 1 exemplar
Souvenirs (SC) (1984) 1 exemplar
Five Inscriptions 1 exemplar
Ideas, Etc. (SC) 1 exemplar
Peter (1982) 1 exemplar
Log {poem} 1 exemplar
Wybor poezji (1990) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,275 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições929 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor — 766 exemplares
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contribuidor, algumas edições449 exemplares
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor, algumas edições387 exemplares
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 282 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 205 exemplares
Poems Bewitched and Haunted (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (2005) — Contribuidor — 195 exemplares
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (Stonewall Inn Editions) (1988) — Contribuidor — 180 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1996 (1996) — Contribuidor — 171 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (2003) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Becoming a Poet: Elizabeth Bishop with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell (1989) — Posfácio, algumas edições87 exemplares
Selected Poems (1965) — Tradutor, algumas edições81 exemplares
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
American Sonnets: An Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Lament for the Makers: A Memorial Anthology (1996) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (2010) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
New World Writing: Second Mentor Selection (1952) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Paris Review 84 1982 Summer (1982) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Playbook: Five Plays for a New Theater — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Locus Solus III-IV, New Poetry, A Special Double Issue (1962) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Antaeus No. 18, Summer 1975 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



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 outra crítica | 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.… (mais)
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 outras críticas | Oct 23, 2019 |



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