Berryman, John, 1914-1972

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Dates:
Birth 1914-10-25
Death 1972-01-07
Gender:
Male
Americans
English

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John Berryman (1914-1972) was an American poet and teacher.

From the description of John Berryman collection, 1938-1971. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122486626

American modernist poet.

From the description of Acceptance speech for the National Book Award in poetry, 1969 March 12 / John Berryman. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 18347371

From the description of Mesa encantada : typescript, 1935 April. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 18347365

Berryman won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965.

From the description of Two dream songs, 1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122426320

American poet.

From the description of John Berryman records, 1952-1972. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 467177630

From the description of John Berryman papers 1952-1978. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 467177636

American Poet. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize. Taught at Harvard University and Princeton University before joining the Humanities Program at the University of Minnesota in 1955. Remained at the University of Minnesota until his death in 1972.

From the description of Papers, 1908-1972. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78785348

From the description of John Berryman papers, 1908-1972. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62731746

American poet John Berryman was born in MacAlester, Oklahoma in 1914. He attended Columbia College for undergraduate study and Cambridge University on a graduate fellowship. He taught at Wayne State University (Detroit), Harvard, and Princeton before accepting a position in the Humanities Program at the University of Minnesota in 1955. He remained there until his death.

Berryman's early published poetry included Poems (1942) and The Dispossessed (1948). His 1964 book 77 Dream Songs was awarded a Pulitizer Prize.He also won the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize. He was elected a Fellow of The Academy of American Poets in 1966. He died in 1972 by throwing himself off a bridge in Minneapolis, MN.

Biographical information from The Academy of American Poets Web site.

From the guide to the John Berryman Papers, 1908-1972, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division [mss])

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