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The Evolution of the Flightless Bird How blessed were we the Village of Stonington and all of us to have been able to know and love James Ingram Merrill To have the icon of American literature living here acting just like one of us an ordinary citizen for forty-plus years while touching our lives with light Boatwright 1 The strong statement made by Mrs Boatwright at the dedication of the James Merrill Reading Room the icon of American literature reflects just what James Merrill was an inspiration a pioneer and an icon of American literature that was looked upon by such poets as Robert Frost James Ingram Merrill was born in New York City on March 3 1926 He grew up in Manhattan and Southampton He was the son of Charles E Merrill a co-founder of the brokerage firm now known as Merrill Lynch an investment-banking firm Britannica 1 and his second wife Hellen Ingram Merrill who published a small newspaper Keene 1 James home life was filled with wealth and privilege As he was growing up he attended mostly private schools and did a lot of personal study He was taught both French and German A passion from childhood onward was music especially opera to which he was introduced at the age of eleven 1 His parents divorced in 1939 when he was only thirteen This traumatizing event reflects upon many of his poems Encarta 1 At the age of eight he was already producing a poem a day When he was sixteen while James was in prep school his father had a book of them privately printed under the title Jims Book Academy 1 In 1943 after graduating from Lawrenceville a preparatory school in New Jersey James went on to enrolled at Amherst College There he met his favorite poet and hero Robert Frost In my second semester at Amherst one of my teachers arranged a tte--tte with Robert Frost
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