James Ingram Merrill was born in New York City in 1926. He is the author of 24 collections of poetry, including Nights and Days (1966), winner of the National Book Award; Divine Comedies (1976), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Mirabell: Books of Number (1978), also winner of the National Book Award; The Inner Room (1988), winner of the first Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry awarded by the Library of Congress; and The Changing Light at Sandover (1982), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of a memoir, a collection of essays, two novels, and five plays. From 1979-1995 Merrill was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. During his career, Merrill served in the U.S. Army for one year and taught at Bard College for one year. In 1956 he founded the Ingram Merrill Foundation, which awards grants to hundreds of artists and writers. James Ingram Merrill died in 1995.
Audio Recordings with James Ingram Merrill
- As part of the Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Bishop and James Ingram Merrill reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, April 15, 1974
- James Merrill reading his poems in the Mumford Room, Oct. 29, 1990