John Berryman

John Berryman (bĕr´ēmən), 1914–72, American poet and critic, b. McAlester, Okla., as John Allyn Smith, Jr., grad. Columbia, 1936. His father committed suicide when he was 12; he took his stepfather's name when his mother subsequently remarried. From 1955 until his death he was on the faculty of the Univ. of Minnesota. Although he had published several volumes of poetry and a highly regarded biography of Stephen Crane (1950), his literary reputation was not established until the appearance of Homage to Mistress Bradstreet (1956), a long dialogue in verse between Berryman and the ghost of Anne Bradstreet. The volumes 77 Dream Songs (1964; Pulitzer Prize) and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968) can be considered a two-part novel in verse in which the main character is a middle-aged teacher and lover named Henry, who is the voice of an anguished and trivial age. The Dream Songs (1969) brings together both books. Berryman committed suicide in 1972. Delusions, Etc. (1972), a volume of poems, and Recovery (1973), a novel, were published posthumously; in both the poet examines himself and his life—as it slips away—in intimate and harrowing detail. Berryman's other volumes of poetry include Poems (1942), The Dispossessed (1948), Berryman's Sonnets (1967), and Love and Fame (1971).

See selected poems ed. by K. Young (2004); study by J. M. Linebarger (1974).

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John Berryman: Selected full-text books and articles

Modern Verse in English, 1900-1950 By David Cecil; Allen Tate Macmillan, 1958
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The New Anthology of American Poetry By Steven Gould Axelrod; Camille Roman; Thomas Travisano Rutgers University Press, vol.3, 2012
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Poets on Poetry By Howard Nemerov Basic Books, 1966
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We Dream of Honour: John Berryman's Letters to His Mother By John Berryman; Richard J. Kelly W. W. Norton, 1988
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John Berryman and the Thirties: A Memoir By E. M. Halliday University of Massachusetts Press, 1987
Broken Beauty: The Last Days of John Berryman By Mariani, Paul Commonweal, Vol. 140, No. 1, January 11, 2013
The Dramatic Presentation of Inner Turmoil: Shakespeare and John Berryman's Dream Songs By Peters, Jay PSYART, January 1, 2008
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The End of John Berryman's Hope: A Theological Consideration of Hope in "Eleven Addresses to the Lord" By Shah, Bruno M Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 61, No. 2, Winter 2009
John Berryman's Short Fiction: Elegy and Enlightenment By Smith, Ernest J Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer 1993
Bruegel and John Berryman By Meyers, Jeffrey Style, Vol. 49, No. 4, Winter 2015
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