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Dave Wood's Book Report, Dec. 24, 2008

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James Merrill (1926-95) grew up in the lap of luxury, the son of Charles Merrill, the founder of Merrill, Lynch.

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He went to all the right schools and taught at others, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

And he grew to become one of the most respected poets of the last half of the 20th century, complex, sometimes formalist, sometimes not, a seer and a realist.

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