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Collected Prose

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ISBN-10: 0375411364

ISBN-13: 9780375411366

Edition: 2004

Authors: James Ingram Merrill, James Merrill

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Following James Merrill’s widely celebrated Collected Poems and Collected Novels and Plays, this volume gives us, most intimately, the man himself and his charmingly straightforward exploration of how he became himself. As much as any poet of our time, Merrill conceived of his work and his life as warp and woof, and the prose collected here (from his juvenilia and occasional pieces through his critical writings to his interviews and memoir) shows how bound up in his craft (itself a recurrent topic) were his readings and reflections, his travels and friendships. Even Merrill’s most devoted readers will be startled anew at the range of his aesthetic concerns and the depth of his knowledge. Dante and Ponge, Cavafy and Montale, Elizabeth Bishop and Wallace Stevens, all figure prominently here, and the volume is shot through with commentary on music, especially opera, and descriptions of the world’s great cities–including New York, Paris, Istanbul, and Kyoto–and their cultural treasures. The volume closes resoundingly with A Different Person, Merrill’s memoir of his young life, in which he travels to Europe to explore the culture, comes of age as a gay man, and faces down his legacy as the son of the renowned financier Charles E. Merrill. As Merrill remarks to one interviewer here, a poet is “someone choosing the words he lives by.” This volume, a cross section of a singularly complex literary life, showcases the care for verbal nuance and the inimitably varied tones that distinguish this great American writer.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 752
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

James Ingram Merrill 1926-1995 James Ingram Merrill was born in New York on March 3, 1926. He attended Amherst College. Merrill would go on to receive every major poetry award in the United States, including the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Divine Comedies. Merrill was honored in mid-career with the Bollingen Prize in 1973. He would receive the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for his epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover. He won the National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1967 for Nights and Days and in 1979 for Mirabell: Books of Number. Merrill died on February 6, 1995. Since his death, his work has been anthologized in three divisions: Collected Poems, Collected Prose, and Collected Novels and Plays.

Writing
Acoustical chambers
The education of the poet
Jung love
On literary tradition
On "The country of a thousand years of peace"
On "Snapshot of Adam"
Foreword to Recitative
From Pourquoi ecrivez-vous
On allusion
The poet's notebook
On Scripts for the pageant : the first five lessons
On "The ballroom at Sandover
Foreword to A reader's guide to James Merrill's The changing light at Sandover
Interviews
An interview with Donald Sheehan
An interview with Ashley Brown
An interview with John Boatwright and Enrique Ucelay DaCal
On "Yannina" : an interview with David Kalstone
An interview with Helen Vendler
An interview with Ross Labrie
An interview with J.D. McClatchy
An interview with Jack Stewart
An interview with Fred Bornhauser
An interview with Jordan Pecile
An interview with Thomas Bolt
An interview with Augustin Hedberg
An interview with Roderick Townley
An interview with Heather White
An interview with Justin Spring
Writers
Divine poem
Unreal citizen
Object lessons
On Wallace Steven's centenary
On "The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
On Montale's "Mottetti VII"
Foreword to Nineteen poems
On Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)
The transparent eye
624 White Street
Memories of Elizabeth Bishop
Afterword to Becoming a poet
Memories of Truman Capote
Memories of Mary McCarthy
Introducing Richard Wilbur
Howard Moss
On W. S. Merwin
Preface to Burning the knife
Robert Bragg : a postscript
The relic, promises, and poems
The Yale younger poets
Foreword to The evolution of the flightless bird
Foreword to Navigable waterways
Foreword to Terms to be met
Foreword to Above the land
Foreword to To the place of trumpets
Foreword to Out of the woods
Foreword to Landscape with hermit
Occasions
The beaten path
Garlic soup
Notes on Corot
Ten more
Yannis Tsarouchis
Acceptance speech, National Book Awards, 1967
Acceptance speech, National Book Awards, 1979
A class day talk
Forword to Le Sorelle Bronte
Ravel's Mother Goose
Barbara Kassel
Memorial tribute to David Kalstone
Memorial tribute to John Bernard Myers
Memorial tribute to Irma Brandeis
A tribute to Marie Bullock
M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992)
Memorial tribute to John Hersey
Patmos
Stories
Rose
Driver
Peru : the landscape game
Translations
Selections from Chamfort
C. P. Cavafy, "In broad daylight"
Vassilis Vassilikos, "The three T's"
Juvenilia
Madonna
Angel or earthly creature
Undergraduate comment
The transformation of Rilke
A different person : a memoir (1993)