James Merrills Apocalypse: The Internal Politics of International Cartels Timothy Materer

ISBN: 9780801437601

Published: May 10th 2000

Hardcover

172 pages


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James Merrills Apocalypse: The Internal Politics of International Cartels  by  Timothy Materer

James Merrills Apocalypse: The Internal Politics of International Cartels by Timothy Materer
May 10th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 172 pages | ISBN: 9780801437601 | 9.28 Mb

The first book to cover this major American writers complete career, James Merrills Apocalypse is at once a sophisticated work of criticism and an inviting introduction to Merrills poetry and fiction. Timothy Materer observes that, while MerrillMoreThe first book to cover this major American writers complete career, James Merrills Apocalypse is at once a sophisticated work of criticism and an inviting introduction to Merrills poetry and fiction. Timothy Materer observes that, while Merrill gained fame as a creator of finely crafted lyric poems, he was obsessed with the violence of the modern era and with the threatening reality that underlies everyday experience--themes found throughout his work.

Merrill, winner of the National Book Award, Bollingen Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Critics Award, was a longtime resident of Connecticut who also lived in Athens, Greece, and Key West, Florida. He died in Tucson, Arizona, in 1995. Materer interprets Merrills body of work from the perspective of his epic, The Changing Light at Sandover, and shows that in his earliest poems and in the volumes preceding The Changing Light, Merrill repeatedly expressed his fear of nuclear holocaust and his sense that some momentous revelation was near at hand.

Materer demonstrates how apocalyptic motifs continued to inspire the works Late Settings, The Inner Room, and A Scattering of Salts. In these final volumes, Merrill characterizes himself as waiting companionably for kingdom come.James Merrills Apocalypse is the first book to treat systematically the autobiographical novels, The Seraglio and The (Diblos) Notebook, in which Materer perceives the genesis of Merrills themes. Making extensive use of the collection of the poets letters, journals, and papers at Washington University, Materers appealing and revelatory volume illuminates James Merrills secure place in American letters at the turn of the century.



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