James Merrill

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Birthday
3, 1926
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 6, 1995 (68)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
3, 1926
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 6, 1995 (68)

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About

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose best-known works include Divine Comedies and Nights and Days. He also published several dramatic works, including The Image Maker and The Immortal Husband.

Before Fame

He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College. While still an undergraduate, he published The Black Swan, a poetic work that earned him the Glascock Prize.

Trivia

His epic work, The Changing Light at Sandover, was inspired by otherworldly messages that he had received during his frequent Ouija Board sessions and seances.

Family Life

He was romantically involved with his Amherst College poetry professor, Kimon Friar, and he later had relationships with Peter Hooten and David Jackson. Sadly, Merrill died in 1995 from complications of AIDS.

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He was influenced by the work of W.H. Auden.

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