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James Merrill

Poet (3-Mar-1926 — 6-Feb-1995)


Don Adams. James Merrill's Poetic Quest. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 1997. 192pp.

Mark Bauer. This Composite Voice: The Role of W. B. Yeats in James Merrill's Poetry. Routledge. 2003. 290pp.

Nick Halpern. Everyday and Prophetic: The Poetry of Lowell, Ammons, Merrill, and Rich. University of Wisconsin Press. 2003. 296pp.

David Kalstone. Five Temperaments: Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery. Oxford University Press. 1977. 212pp.

Ross Labrie. James Merrill. Boston, MA: Twayne. 1982.

David Lehman; Charles Berger (editors). James Merrill: Essays in Criticism. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 1983. 329pp.

Alison Lurie. Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson. New York, NY: Viking Penguin. 2001.

Timothy Materer. James Merrill's Apocalypse. Cornell University Press. 2000. 172pp.

Judith Moffett. James Merrill: An Introduction to the Poetry. Columbia University Press. 1984. 247pp.

Peter Nickowitz. Rhetoric and Sexuality: The Poetry of Hart Crane, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill. Palgrave Macmillan. 2006. 192pp.

Robert Polito. Reader's Guide to James Merrill's "The Changing Light at Sandover". University of Michigan Press. 1994. 263pp.

Guy Rotella. Castings: Monuments and Monumentality in Poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Derek Walcott, and Seamus Heaney. Vanderbilt University Press. 2004. 225pp.

Guy L. Rotella (editor). Critical Essays on James Merrill. Twayne Publishers. 1996. 251pp.

Stephen Yenser. The Consuming Myth: The Work of James Merrill. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1987. 367pp.


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  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.475)

  8. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.164)

  9. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.488)

  10. Who's Who in Lesbian & Gay Writing (p.138)

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  12. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.676)

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  14. Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry (p.216)

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