James Merrill was the author of thirteen books of poems as well as plays, novels, essays, reviews, and a memoir. He was the recipient of two National Book Awards, the Bollingen Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, among other awards. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 1995.
"An astonishing performance . . . As near to [a masterpiece] as
anything that American poetry has produced in the last two or three
decades." --The New York Review of Books
"James Merrill has created a poem as central to our generation as The Waste Land was to the one before." --The New Leader "In turns comic, elegiac, and darkly prophetic, Sandover is as ambitious in scope as it is audacious in concept . . . combining an epic intent with dramatic and lyric meanings and means. The result may be the greatest long poem an American has yet produced." --Newsweek