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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Marcus Schuyler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other Poetry

Born: Movember 9, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois


-- James Marcus Schuyler on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=james+marcus+schuyler


Illinois Connection

He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Schuyler was a poet, novelist and playwright. He attended Bethany College in West Virginia and then moved to New York City. There, he worked for NBC before moving to Ischia, Italy to attend the University of Florence. After returning to the United States, Schuyler setteled in New York City where he was a central figure in the New York School and worked at the Museum of Modern Art. Schuyler was also an art critic at ''Art News''and a contributor to various periodicals including the ''New Yorker'', ''Poetry'' and ''Paris Review''.


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Titles At Your Library

Alfred and Guinevere (New York Review Books Classics)
ISBN: 0940322498

NYRB Classics. 2002

One of the finest American poets of the second half of the twentieth century, James Schuyler was at the same time a remarkable novelist. Alfred and Guinevere are two children who have been sent by their parents to spend the summer at their grandmother's house in the country. There they puzzle over their parents' absence and their relatives' habits, play games and pranks, make friends and fall out with them, spat and make up. Schuyler has a pitch-perfect ear for the children's voices, and the story, told entirely through snatches of dialogue and passages from Guinevere's diary, is a tour de force of comic and poetic invention. The reader discovers that beneath the book's apparently guileless surface lies a very sophisticated awareness of the complicated ways in which words work to define the often perilous boundaries between fantasy and reality, innocence and knowledge.

Collected Poems
ISBN: 0374524033

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1995

This collection of poetry showcases the unique talent of James Schuyler and highlights the writing that won him a Pulitzer Prize.

"Schuyler's subject is his life, and his poems often read like elegant journal entries." - Publishers Weekly

Selected Poems (FSG Classics)
ISBN: 0374530890

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2007

In Selected Poems, we experience the full range of James Schuyler's achievement, confirming that he was among the late twentieth century's truly vital and distinctive poetic voices. One of the most significant writers of the New York School―which unofficially included John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Kenneth Koch, among others―Schuyler was strongly influenced by both art and music in his work, often incorporating rapid shifts in sound, shape, and color within his poems that almost gave his work the effect of a collage and engendered comparisons with Whitman and Rimbaud.

A Nest of Ninnies
ISBN: 1564785203

Dalkey Archive Press. 2008

The Tosti sisters of Paris, France, have come to the small, upstate New York village of Kelton for a change of pace. But when the pair enters the lives of Alice, an unfulfilled cellist, her brother Marshall, and Fabia and Victor, another sister and brother who are as bumbling as they are overindulged, it is certain that Kelton will never again be the same unassuming place.

What's for Dinner? (New York Review Books Classics)
ISBN: 1590171675

NYRB Classics. 2005

James Schuyler's utterly original What's for Dinner? features a cast of characters who appear to have escaped from a Norman Rockwell painting to run amok. In tones that are variously droll, deadpan, and lyrical, Schuyler tells a story that revolves around three small-town American households. The Delehanteys are an old-fashioned Catholic family whose twin teenage boys are getting completely out of hand, no matter that their father is hardly one to spare the rod. Childless Norris and Lottie Taylor have been happily married for years, even as Lottie has been slowly drinking herself to death. Mag, a recent widow, is on the prowl for love. Retreating to an institution to dry out, Lottie finds herself caught up in a curious comedy of group therapy manners. At the same time, however, she begins an ascent from the depths of despair—illuminated with the odd grace and humor that readers of Schuyler's masterful poetry know so well—to a new understanding, that will turn her into an improbable redeemer within an unlikely world.

What's for Dinner? is among the most delightful and unusual works of American literature. Charming and dark, off-kilter but pedestrian, mercurial yet matter-of-fact, Schuyler's novel is an alluring invention that captures both the fragility and the tenacity of ordinary life.

Early in '71
ISBN: 9992295147

Small Pr Distribution. 1981

Collected Poems
ISBN: 0374524033

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1995

This collection of poetry showcases the unique talent of James Schuyler and highlights the writing that won him a Pulitzer Prize.

"Schuyler's subject is his life, and his poems often read like elegant journal entries." - Publishers Weekly