Past Annual James Merrill Lectures
Reading from her Work
Claudia Rankine, Poet, Playwright, and Editor, reads from her work.
James Merrill: Life and Art
Langdon Hammer, Professor, Editor, and Biographer, presents on James Merrill.
Reading from his Work
Jeffrey Eugenides, Novelist and Essayist, reads from his work.
Readings on Family
Anne Fadiman, Author, Essayist, Editor and Teacher, presents readings on family.
Wallace Stevens: Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction
Helen Vendler, professor of English at Harvard University presents, “Wallace Stevens: Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction.”
A Story of Friendship
Presented by Edmund White, Novelist, Memoirist, Biographer, and Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University.
Fate of a Left-Handed Faith Healer
Alan Gurganus, Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Essayist, reads from his new novel, Fate of a Left-Handed Faith Healer.
The Four Fingers of Death
Author Rick Moody reads from his new novel, The Four Fingers of Death.
Lyric Poetry and the First Person Plural: The Example of Elizabeth Bishop
Presented by Bonnie Costello, Professor of English at Boston University, Author and Critic.
From Stage Set to Heirloom: Greece in the Work of James Merrill
Presented by Rachel Hadas, Board of Governors & Professor of English at Rutgers University, Poet, Essayist and Translator.
The Hour Glass and the Mirror: James Merrill and His Poetry as First Encountered
Presented by John Hollander, Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University, Poet and Author.
James Merrill in Stonington: The Winter of “The Summer People”
Presented by Langdon Hammer, Professor of English at Yale University, James Merrill Biographer and Writer-in-Residence in the Spring of 2008.