Poets in Their Youth

Poets in Their Youth In Eileen Simpson then Eileen Mulligan married John Berryman Both were in their twenties Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name They

  • Title: Poets in Their Youth
  • Author: Eileen Simpson
  • ISBN: 9780374522612
  • Page: 441
  • Format: paperback
  • In 1942, Eileen Simpson then Eileen Mulligan married John Berryman Both were in their twenties Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name They moved frequently from New York to Boston, then Princeton chasing jobs, living simply, relying on the hospitality of successful friends like Robert Lowell and Jean StaIn 1942, Eileen Simpson then Eileen Mulligan married John Berryman Both were in their twenties Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name They moved frequently from New York to Boston, then Princeton chasing jobs, living simply, relying on the hospitality of successful friends like Robert Lowell and Jean Stafford, or R P Blackmur and his wife, Helen Rounding out their circle of intimates were other struggling poets like Randall Jarrell and Del Schwartz Berryman alternately wrote and despaired of writing Everyone stayed up late arguing about poetry Poets in Their Youth is a portrait of their marriage, yes, but it is also a portrait of a group of spectacularly intelligent friends at a particular time, in a particular place, all aflame with literature Simpson s recollections are so tender, her narrative so generous, it is almost possible to imagine the story has a different ending even as Schwartz s marriage crumbles, as Lowell succumbs to a manic episode, as her own relationship with Berryman buckles under the strain of his drinking, his infidelity, his depression Filled with winning anecdotes and moments of startling poignancy, Simpson s now classic memoir shows some of the most brilliant literary minds of the second half of the twentieth century at their brightest and most achingly human.

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    • Painful. Gossipy. At times even trashy. Required reading.

    • This is a wonderful wallow in the lives of formerly well-known literary lions who have probably lost their shelf-life. Eileen Simpson, the first wife of John Berryman,(who?) reminiscences about Robert Lowell, Jean Stafford, Ezra Pound and A. Alvarez, some of the better known. They all had "breakdowns" and spent time in mental hospitals. They all had writer's block and missed deadline upon deadline. They couldn't keep their professorial jobs or any job for long, because they were, of course, POET [...]

    • Most of these poets I hadn't read (Berryman, Jarrell, Schwarz) or had only read a little (Lowell). There are so many revealing and fascinating stories here, with such intimate detail about the lives of these American poets. In line with Eileen Simpson's best hopes for this memoir, I will be seeking them out: "It pleased me greatly to be told by those who wrote me about my memoir that the book had sent them back to the poetry I hope this new edition will also send readers to the poems themselves. [...]

    • I thought reading this book was painful and I was so happy when I was finished.

    • I was attracted by the title of the book, "Poets in their youth". We read about the 'official' biographies of them but there is always something missing in them. This books is written by Eileen Simpson (John Berryman's first wife); both were part of the group of youth poets come together in the late thirties. She describes the times, the hardships, the friendship, also the breakdowns All of them, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, her own husband, etc. went thru manic depression episodes, drinking, ch [...]

    • Great to get a sense of what Berryman would have been like to have been around. Some fantastic anecdotes. Simpson has a very clear and engaging prose style, and, it would seem, a diminuitive ego--given how much she backgrounds herself and her own (considerable) accomplishments to allow Berryman and the other Literary figures in their lives to dominate the narrative.

    • This was a re-read. The first time I read it was for Liam Rector's seminar called something like "Poets & Madness," 8 years ago. A different mindset really changes the reading of it. The book is an almost gossipy love letter to an amazing generation of poets, with a little vein of sadness running through even the funniest and most charming parts, not unlike the poets themselves.

    • This is the "inside" story of the poets one reads about John Berryman, Delmore Schwarz, Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell, those guys. On the one hand it seems quite a drab lot - as one would probably discover the Bloomsbury group was too - on the other, one gets information that one doesn't read about anywhere else.

    • This was anything but the all too often self-induldgent memoir. Instead I learned so much about some of the greatest american poets. Fluid, shocking and heartbreakingly romantic. Eileen Simpson was a gifted novelist, and I wish she started at a younger age. Would recommend.

    • Rhomboid Goatcabin

      (Jun 02, 2020 - 23:08 PM)

      Invaluable for its impressions of the lives of Berryman, Lowell, Delmore Schwartz and Randall Jarrell, along with reminiscences of R. P. Blackmur, T.S. Eliot, Pound, Dylan Thomas, Roethke, Allen Tate, and others.

    • While the writing can at times be turgid, the portraits of the young Berryman, Lowell, Schwartz, Jarrell, Stafford and others are quite interesting, as are the photos, most from Simpson’s own collection (she was married to Berryman in her youth).

    • I seriously underestimated my interest in this book. Loved it. Any recommendations for similiar works?

    • so far.Awesome!

    • Why would a book like this ever go out of print? I like her thoughts at the end-- that it wasn't poetry that killed her husband; it was poetry that allowed him to live.

    • A really wonderful reminiscence of poets who belong to the most remarkable generation of writers to have come our way. I loved it! What a reading list!

    • Compelling story, and beautifully written. Won from a giveaway, and was not disappointed.

    • Read it with Kalstone's Becoming A Poet.

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