An American poet of the Symbolist school. Merrill stood at the center of the international literary world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He lived in Paris, and belonged to the inner circle surrounding Mallarme, in addition to defending Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman when such associations could be damaging.
The White Tomb: Selected Writings
The publication of The White Tomb is literary archeology at its best. As Merrill wrote almost exclusively in French, French-speakers have tended to see him as American while English-speakers have found his work inaccessible to them. Now, a host of respected poets and scholars have translated a sizable selection of Merrill's poems and essays, allowing this fascinating writer to at last be widely read and appreciated in his native language.