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Leading literary figure of his generation

James Ingram Merrill (1926–1995) stands among the leading literary figures of his generation, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award (twice), and widely admired for lyrical, beautifully crafted poems that explore such universal themes as love, memory, and the inevitable passing of time.

From the mid-1950s until his death in 1995, Merrill made his home in Stonington, Connecticut, where he shared his quirky, color-drenched apartment with his partner David Jackson (1922–2001).

Photograph of James Merrill on the deck at 107 Water Street by Rollie McKenna

ABOUT JAMES MERRILL

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MERRILL IN HIS OWN WORDS

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James Merrill reading his own work. 

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WRITERS ON MERRILL

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Renowned authors speaking about James Merrill.

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MERRILL'S WORKS

Browse the many works by  James Merrill and works by Merrill House fellows.