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"--
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
Writing style
Award
Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir/Biography, 2016
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  • Provided by publisher
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Biography type
individual biography
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10411329
Cataloging source
N$T
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1958-
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Hammer, Langdon
Dewey number
811/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3525.E6645
LC item number
Z674 2015eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Merrill, James
  • Poets, American
  • Gay authors
  • Gay men
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
life and art
Label
James Merrill : life and art, Langdon Hammer
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http://evpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=9CEA3DF8-368F-4CFA-BFAD-77BC2CF9A216
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online resource
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
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rdacontent.
Control code
ocn906699004
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385353083
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unknown
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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  • c
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illustrations.
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not applicable
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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9CEA3DF8-368F-4CFA-BFAD-77BC2CF9A216
Label
James Merrill : life and art, Langdon Hammer
Link
http://evpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=9CEA3DF8-368F-4CFA-BFAD-77BC2CF9A216
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn906699004
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385353083
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9CEA3DF8-368F-4CFA-BFAD-77BC2CF9A216

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