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Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson

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Alison Lurie, one of America's greatest novelists, has written a loving memoir of world-famous poet James Merrill and his longtime partner David Jackson. Drawing on her forty-year friendship with Merrill and Jackson, Lurie reveals the couple's deep involvement with ghosts, gods, and spirits, with whom they communicated through a Ouija board. Among the results of their intense twenty-year preoccupation with the occult is the brilliant book-length poem "The Changing Light at Sandover", which Merrill called his "chronicles of love and loss." Recalling Merrill and Jackson's life together in New York, Athens, and Key West, Familiar Spirits is a poignant memoir infused with great affection and generous amounts of Lurie's signature wit.

Synopsis:

In this mix of comedy and analysis, the author recalls American poet James Merrill and his longtime partner, David Jackson, and their lives together in New York, Athens, Stonington, Connecticut, and Key West, and explores Jackson's contributions to Merrill's book-length poem, "The Changing Light at Sandover".

About the Author

Alison Lurie-author of many highly praised novels, including Foreign Affairs, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1985-teaches writing, folklore, and literature at Cornell University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000458
Author:
Lurie, Alison
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
1083
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.08x5.52x.52 in. .32 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 192 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142000458 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this mix of comedy and analysis, the author recalls American poet James Merrill and his longtime partner, David Jackson, and their lives together in New York, Athens, Stonington, Connecticut, and Key West, and explores Jackson's contributions to Merrill's book-length poem, "The Changing Light at Sandover".

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