Literary Birthday – 3 March – James Merrill

James Merrill was born 3 March 1926 and died 6 February 1995.


  1. I’d like to think the scientists need us – but do they? Did Newton need Blake?
  2. Freedom to be oneself is all very well; the greater freedom is not to be oneself.
  3. Let the mind be, along with countless other things, a landing strip for sacred visitations.
  4. Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays. But those two plays left me on fresh terms with language. I didn’t always have to speak in my own voice.

James Merrill was an American poet. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1977 for Divine Comedies.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 2nd March 2020