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John Berryman

John BerrymanAKA John Smith

Born: 25-Oct-1914
Birthplace: McAlester, OK
Died: 7-Jan-1972
Location of death: Minneapolis, MN
Cause of death: Suicide
Remains: Buried, Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, MN

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Homage to Mistress Bradstreet

Father: John Allyn Smith (d. 1926 suicide)
Mother: Martha Little
Father: John McAlpin Berryman (stepfather)
Wife: Eileen Simpson
Wife: Ann Levine (wife #2, m. 1956, div. 1959, one son)
Wife: Kate Donahue (m. 1961, two daughters)

    University: Columbia University
    University: Cambridge University (two years)
    Professor: Wayne State University
    Professor: Harvard University
    Teacher: Lecturer, University of Washington
    Teacher: Lecturer, University of Cincinnati
    Professor: University of California at Berkeley
    Professor: Brown University

    The Nation Poetry Editor
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1965 for 77 Dream Songs
    National Book Award for Poetry 1969 for His Toy, His Dream, His Rest
    Bollingen Prize in Poetry 1969 (with Karl Shapiro)
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1952
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1967
    Suicide Attempt 1931
    Risk Factors: Epilepsy, Alcoholism, Depression, Smoking

Author of books:
Poems (1942, poetry)
The Dispossessed (1948, poetry)
Homage to Mistress Bradstreet (1956, poetry)
77 Dream Songs (1964, poetry)
Berryman's Sonnets (1967, poetry)
His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968, poetry)
The Dream Songs (1969, poetry)
Love & Fame (1970, poetry)
Recovery (1971, memoir)


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