The James Merrill House is nationally significant for its close, forty-one-year association with James Ingram Merrill (1926-95), one of his generation's most acclaimed poets---considered peerless among his contemporaries who were writing in meter and rhyme (Criterion B). Over the course of his extraordinary career, this erudite and accomplished writer produced twenty-five volumes of poetry, along with three plays, two novels, numerous essays and a memoir. The multilingual author also translated dozens of works of other poets into French, Portuguese, Dutch and modem Greek, and contributed countless introductions, forewords and afterwords to the publications of his colleagues. Merrill's impressive canon of work garnered nearly every major award in his field, including the Pulitzer Prize; two National Book Awards in Poetry; the National Book Critics Circle Award; the Library of Congress's first Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; Yale's Bollingen Prize for Poetry; and the Medal of Honor for Literature from the National Arts Club. James Merrill lived in this house with his long-time partner, David Jackson.
James Merrill House Information
Property Name Merrill James House
Reference Number 13000618
County New London
Street Address 107 Water Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/28/2013 NHL Designated 11/2/2016 Areas of Significance LITERATURE
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