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James Merrill
James Merrill

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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... Read More

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The Changing Light at Sandover

Written by James Merrill
Edited by J.D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $30.00

A welcome return to paperback: James Merrill’s most famous and celebrated work.

“An astonishing performance . . . As near to [a masterpiece] as anything that American poetry has produced in the last two or three decades.” —The New York Review of Books

“James Merrill has created a poem as central to our... Read more >

Collected Novels and Plays

Written by James Merrill


Format: eBook, 688 pages
Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books
On Sale: March 9, 2011
Price: $21.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Collected Novels and Plays

Written by James Merrill


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $25.00

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... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Collected Poems

Written by James Merrill


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 5, 2002
Price: $27.50

The publication of James Merrill's Collected Poems is a landmark in the history of modern American literature. His First Poems—its sophistication and virtuosity were recognized at once—appeared half a century ago. Over the next five decades, Merrill's range broadened and his voice took on its characteristic richness. In book after book... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Collected Poems

Written by James Merrill


Format: Hardcover, 912 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 27, 2001
Price: $40.00

The publication of James Merrill's Collected Poems is a landmark in the history of modern American literature. His First Poems—its sophistication and virtuosity were recognized at once—appeared half a century ago. Over the next five decades, Merrill's range broadened and his voice took on its characteristic richness. In book after book... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Collected Prose

Written by James Merrill


Format: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $40.00

Following James Merrill’s widely celebrated Collected Poems and Collected Novels and Plays, this volume gives us, most intimately, the man himself and his charmingly straightforward exploration of how he became himself. As much as any poet of our time, Merrill conceived of his work and his life as warp and woof... Read more >

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Inner Room

Written by James Merrill


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 1988
Price: $15.00

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Selected Poems

Written by James Merrill
Edited by J. D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $16.00

James Merrill himself once called his body of work “chronicles of love and loss,” and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life—comic and haunting, exotic and domestic—to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment. This... Read more >
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