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David Noyes Jackson

Born: Sep 16, 1922

Death: Jul 13, 2001

Birthplace: United States of America

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

David Noyes Jackson

Date of Birth : Sep 16, 1922
Date of Death : Jul 13, 2001
Birth Place : United States of America

David Noyes Jackson was the life partner of poet James Merrill. A writer and artist, Jackson is remembered today primarily for his literary collaboration with Merrill. The two men met in May 1953 in New York City, after a performance of Merrill's play, "The Bait." They shared homes in Stonington, CT, Athens, and Key West. "It was, I often thought, the happiest marriage I knew," wrote Alison Lurie, who got to know both men in the 1950s and thought enough of the relationship to write a memoir about it more than forty years later, Familiar Spirits. Over the course of decades conducting seances with a Ouija board, Merrill and Jackson took down supernatural transcriptions and messages from otherworldly entities. Merrill's and Jackson's ouija transcriptions were first published in verse form in The Book of Ephraim. Many critics consider David Jackson to be a kind of co-writer, certainly the catalyst if not the medium, for much of James Merrill's most significant poetic output. The Book of Ephraim, Mirabell: Books of Number, and Scripts for the Pageant were all written with Jackson's assistance.


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