A Different Person: A Memoir

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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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Eminent poet James Merrill opens his life to us in a memoir that puts wit, sensibility, and elegance of mind to the service of unflinching autobiographical truth.

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$25. LIT As much a storyteller as a poet, Merrill, the Pulitzer Prize-winning heir to the Merrill-Lynch fortune, delights with this graceful account of a 30-month stay in Europe in the 1950s that was to become the pivotal time of exploration and self-discovery. In his mid-twenties, after having his first book of poems published, Merrill and the "love of his life" depart for Greece and Italy. When the passion disappears, Merrill stays on, attending concerts, meeting and entertaining friends, undergoing psychoanalysis, and, most importantly, writing poetry. His narrative style is so flowing that the account reads more like a novel than a memoir. With refreshing honesty and perception, Merrill introduces us to a young man full of self-doubt, incredible ego, and a large capacity for human kindness. Most libraries with poetry collections will want this. Because of its wonderful sense of immediacy and story, it is also recommended for libraries serving avid biography readers. This fall, Knopf is also issuing paperback editions of The Changing Light at Sandover: A Poem, originally published in 1982 and reprinted in hardcover in 1992, and Selected Poems, 1946-1985, published in 1992.--Ed.
- Denise Sticha, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh
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