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Collected Novels and Playsby James Merrill
Synopses & Reviews
Following the widely celebrated Collected Poems, this second volume in the series of James Merrill’s works brings us Merrill as novelist and playwright. Just as in his poems we come upon prose pieces, dramatic dialogue, and even a short play in verse, in his novels and plays we find the rhythms of his poetry reflected and given new form.
Merrill’s first novel, The Seraglio, is a daring roman
A companion volume to the acclaimed Collected Poems celebrates the literary quality of Merrill the novelist and playwright in an anthology that contains such novels as The Seraglio and The (Diblos) Notebook, as well as dramatic works including The Bait and the previously unpublished The Birthday. Reprint.
About the Author
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
The novels. The Seraglio (1957) ; The (Diblos) notebook (1965) — The plays. The birthday (1957) ; The bait (1953) ; The immortal husband (1955) — Appendix. Preface to The seraglio ; Afterword to the (Diblos) notebook ; The bait (1988).
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