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January 7, 2013

Berryman: Dream Songs to Suicide

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:33 am
John Berryman   (1914 - 1972)

John Berryman
(1914 – 1972)

On this day in 1972 the American poet John Berryman committed suicide at the age of fifty-seven. His 77 Dream Songs won the 1964 Pulitzer, and the writing of some 300 more over the subsequent years earned Berryman international fame, but his personal problems kept pace; by the end, his hopes for religion, writing, teaching, marriage and change all seemed out of reach.

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