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  - Neil Mudde - Goodreads

Never heard of James Merrill, but was intrigued by the title, not being a lover of poetry, I could not get around this Man/s writing at all. It certainly is not a "coming out" book, or if it is it ... Read full 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


Decision to go abroad My dearest friend
Tony puts one over on the French Visit
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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