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User Review  - dmsteyn - LibraryThing

This is an excellently written, at times horribly unfair memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Foreign Affairs. Embarrasingly, I admit to never having heard ... Read full review

Review: Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

Contains some insights into Merrill/Jackson's time together, as well as the process of writing "Sandover," but I just uh... don't think the author much cared for Merrill's epic, and that makes the ... Read full review

Review: Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson

User Review  - John - Goodreads

I had never heard of poet James Merrill until a friend recommended the book for the paranormal aspect. I ended up not really digging that angle, as much as the story of his and David Jackson's relationship, as seen from beginning to end by the author, a straight female friend. Read full review

Review: Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson

User Review  - Leftjab - Goodreads

Engrossing memoir, though I was probably looking for a more straight forward biography of Merrill. Fast-paced and never less than interesting, could have been twice as long. Ends with a series of ... Read full review

Review: Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson

User Review  - Openthepurple - Goodreads

A memoir is not a truth telling, it is more an impression. A friend writing a memoir is another layer of impression. Alison Lurie's writing is easy and comfortable. She definitely writes from her ... Read full review

Review: Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson

User Review  - Stuart Vyse - Goodreads

For those who are interested in Merrill's relationship with David Jackson and other lovers and in the role of the Ouija board in his poetry and life, this is a revealing brief memoir. Read full review

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