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Berryman, John

(bĕr`ēmən), 1914–72, American poet and critic, b. McAlester, Okla., as John Allyn Smith, Jr., grad. Columbia, 1936. His father committed suicide when he was 12; he took his stepfather's name when his mother subsequently remarried. From 1955 until his death he was on the faculty of the Univ. of Minnesota. Although he had published several volumes of poetry and a highly regarded biography of Stephen CraneCrane, Stephen,
1871–1900, American novelist, poet, and short-story writer, b. Newark, N.J. Often designated the first modern American writer, Crane is ranked among the authors who introduced realism into American literature.
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 (1950), his literary reputation was not established until the appearance of Homage to Mistress Bradstreet (1956), a long dialogue in verse between Berryman and the ghost of Anne BradstreetBradstreet, Anne (Dudley),
c.1612–1672, early American poet, b. Northampton, England, considered the first significant woman author in the American colonies. She came to Massachusetts in the Winthrop Puritan group in 1630 with her father, Thomas Dudley, and her husband,
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. The volumes 77 Dream Songs (1964; Pulitzer Prize) and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968) can be considered a two-part novel in verse in which the main character is a middle-aged teacher and lover named Henry, who is the voice of an anguished and trivial age. The Dream Songs (1969) brings together both books. Berryman committed suicide in 1972. Delusions, Etc. (1972), a volume of poems, and Recovery (1973), a novel, were published posthumously; in both the poet examines himself and his life—as it slips away—in intimate and harrowing detail. Berryman's other volumes of poetry include Poems (1942), The Dispossessed (1948), Berryman's Sonnets (1967), and Love and Fame (1971).


See selected poems ed. by K. Young (2004); study by J. M. Linebarger (1974).

Berryman, John (McAlpin)

(1914–72) poet, writer, teacher; born in McAlester, Okla. He studied at Columbia University (B.A. 1936), at Cambridge, England (B.A. 1938), and taught at various institutions, mainly the University of Minnesota (1954–72). He is known for his almost agonizing self-revealing poetry, as in Dream Songs (collected; 1969). He committed suicide in Minneapolis, Minn., and his novel, Recovery (1973), appeared posthumously.
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Go online formore pictures from this event IN ACTION: Robert Leggott grapples for the ball as he sits on the floor, above, and Tom Crown makes a pass, right, as Guisborough took on Blyth at home GETTING STUCK IN: John Berryman takes a tackle as he carries the ball forward for Guisborough, above, while his team-mate Matthew Flint flies into a tackle against the Blyth No 8, left, hoping to gain some ground on the away side Pictures by KATIE LUNN TOUGH TACKLE: Robert Leggott on the ball passing to John Berryman, left, and James Clarke runs, below REACH FOR IT: for Robert Leggott goes up for the ball, left, and James Clarke tries to shake off a Blyth player far left Guisborough sitting pretty after continuing fine form By ANDREW WILKINSON andrew.
JOHN Berryman (1914-72) was one of the great confessional poets of the twentieth century.