A Different Person: A Memoir

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HarperSanFrancisco, Sep 1, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
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James Merrill--winner of the Pulitzer and National Book Award--is one of America's most celebrated poets. This acclaimed memoir--nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award--traces Merrill's painful yet often hilarious life as a young man. "Stands with Merrill's finest work".-- Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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User Review  - Aran - Goodreads

My own fault for not liking this better--I'd hoped to find more Ouija and less analysis, which a simple blurb exploration would've informed me was not to be. Read full review

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User Review  - Martin - Goodreads

James Merrill, the poet, was the son of one of the co-founders of Merrill Lynch, and as such lived a cosseted and privileged life. This tells of his youthful life in Europe in the early 1950s, and he has a poet's skill for rendering the sights and exotic people he encountered. Read full review

Contents

Decision to go abroad My dearest friend
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Tony puts one over on the French Visit
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With my father in Italy Dr Simeons
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About the author (1994)

James Merrill was born on March 3, 1926, in New York City and died on February 6, 1995. From the mid-1950s on, he lived in Stonington, Connecticut, and for extended periods he also had houses in Athens and Key West. From "The Black Swan (1946) through" A Scattering of Salts (1995), he wrote twelve books of poems, ten of them published in trade editions, as well as" The Changing Light at Sandover (1982). He also published two plays, "The Immortal Husband (1956) and" The Bait (1960); two novels, "The Seraglio (1957, reissued 1987) and "The (Diblos) Notebook (1965, reissued 1994); a book of essays, interviews, and reviews, "Recitative (1986); and a memoir, "A Different Person (1993). Over the years, he was the winner of numerous awards for his poetry, including two National Book Awards, the Bollingen Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
J. D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser are James Merrill's literary executors. J. D. McClatchy has published five volumes of poems and two collections of essays. He is the editor of" The Yale Review and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Stephen Yenser has written three books of criticism (one about Merrill) and a volume of poems. He is a professor of English and the director of creative writing at UCLA.

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