I am new to this sub, but I thought some of you may have some thoughts about this.

I am currently working on my undergraduate thesis on James Merrill’s “The Book of Ephraim” (fantastic!), and I’m starting to read some of the connected materials.

I recently got a copy of Proust’s “Swann’s Way,” as well as Yeats’ “A Vision,” and I was wondering if any of you had experience with Merrill, Proust, or Yeats. I’m pretty new to these guys, and I thought if anyone knew of any good resources or had any thoughts about them, then that would certainly help.

If you’ve read any of these, what did you think? Too cryptic? Really good? Really bad? What are your thoughts?

For those of you who have read “The Book of Ephraim,” what connections in the poem did you think warranted the most study? He is a very multi-faceted and layered author, and it’s quite intimidating to look at the sheer amount of references he makes. I thought Proust and Yeats were a good place to start as both deal with authorship in a multi-layered sense (author as character as well as narrator), and Yeats’ work seems to deal more with automatic writing and the unconscious.

Thoughts about any of this?

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