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James MERRILL

American James MERRILL

born James Ingram MERRILL

American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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Born: on March 03, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: on February 06, 1995 in Tucson, Arizona, USA


Biography

James Ingram Merrill was born in New York City to Charles E. Merrill (1885-1956), the founding partner of the Merrill Lynch investment firm, and Hellen Ingram Merrill (1898-2000), a society reporter from Jacksonville, Florida. Merrill's parents married in 1925, the year before he was born; he would grow up with two older half siblings from his father's first marriage, Doris Merrill Magowan and Charles E. Merrill, Jr. As a boy, Merrill enjoyed a highly privileged upbringing in educational and economic terms. His father's 30-acre estate in Southampton, New York, for example, known as "The Orchard," had been designed by Stanford White with landscaping by Frederick Law Olmstead. (It would be divided in 1980 into 29 luxury condominiums while leaving intact its ballroom and first-floor reception areas.) Merrill's childhood governess taught him French and German, an experience Merrill wrote about in his 1974 poem "Lost in Translation." From 1936-1938, Merrill attended St. Bernard's, a prestigious New York grammar school.

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