Rediscovering John Berryman


Poems (1942)
Getting launched, honing his craft; Harvard,N.Y.,marriage.

The Dispossessed (1948)
1st full-length volume; 50 poems; debt to Yeats, Auden.

Stephen Crane (1950)
Self-confrontation in this psycho-analytic biography.

Homage to Mistress Bradstreet (1956)
Ranks as one of century’s best long poems; Nominated for Pulitzer Prize.
77 Dream Songs (1964)
He unveils world of imaginary anti-hero Henry; Won the Pulitzer Prize.

Berryman's Sonnets (1967)
Feverish, middle period, 20-years of self-encounter. 

The Dream Songs (1969)
Re-published his masterpiece.

His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1969)
2nd volume of ‘Dream Songs’; shares Bollingen Prize.

Love & Fame (1970)
Between art & autobiography; personal, lyrical; ala Emily Dickinson.

Delusions, Etc. (1972)
A poignant summing up; his last book, at proof stage, at time of his suicide.

Recovery (1973)
An ambitious novel about his fateful, losing battle against alcohol addiction and sense of failure.

The Freedom of the Poet (1976)
His collected essays from the Sixties; published posthumously.

Henry's Fate & Other Poems, 1967-1972  (1977)

Collected Poems 1937-1971  (1989)

Berryman's Shakespeare  (1999)

Selected Poems  (2004)

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