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Description - Familiar Spirits by Frederic J Whiton Professor of American Literature Alison Lurie

Alison Lurie , one of America's greatest novelists, has written a loving memoir of world-famous poet James Merrill and his longtime partner David Jackson. Drawing on her forty-year friendship with Merrill and Jackson, Lurie reveals the couple's deep involvement with ghosts, gods, and spirits, with whom they communicated through a Ouija board. Among the results of their intense twenty-year preoccupation with the occult is the brilliant book-length poem "The Changing Light at Sandover," which Merrill called his "chronicles of love and loss." Recalling Merrill and Jackson's life together in New York, Athens, and Key West, Familiar Spirits is a poignant memoir infused with great affection and generous amounts of Lurie's signature wit.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780142000458
ISBN-10: 0142000450
Format: Paperback / softback
(180mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 26-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Frederic J Whiton Professor of American Literature Alison Lurie

Alison Lurie is the author of many highly praised novels, including The War Between the Tates, The Truth About Lorin Jones (Prix Femina Etranger), and Foreign Affairs (Pulitzer Prize for fiction). Her most recent book was Familiar Spirits. She teaches writing, folklore, and literature at Cornell University.

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