James Merrill's Poetry Manuscripts


“even before the poem is fully drafted, my endless revisions begin—the one dependable pleasure in the whole process.”
James Merrill interview with Donald Sheehan (Collected Prose, p. 61).

This site provides an introduction and background to selected  poems of James Merrill. It features important poems that also have interesting manuscripts, and includes journals and editorial notes. The sections of this site are linked to the paths indicated in the left margin.

Permission to quote from Merrill's work should be made through the Wylie Agency Permissions Website and also through a Request to Quote from or Otherwise Publish the James Merrill Papers of Washington University's Department of Special Collections. See also the Manuscript Special Collections website and the Rights Statement. If you find any text or image on this site used in violation of copyright, please notify Timothy Materer.

For a Special Collections website devoted to the manuscripts of Merrill's Ouija transcripts for "The Book of Ephraim," see 
James Merrill Digital Archive.



Timothy Materer, Author