James Merrill (right) Playing the Title Role in Orphée, 1945

James Merrill, right, playing the title role in Orphée, 1945. From the Dramatic Activities Collection, Amherst Archives & Special Collections.

James Merrill giving a poetry reading at Amherst College, June 4, 1988

James Merrill giving a poetry reading at Amherst College Reunion Week, June 4, 1988. From the College Photographer Negatives Collection, Amherst Archives & Special Collections.

Article about James I. Merrill in The Jeff student newspaper, May 17, 1946

Article about James I. Merrill entitled "Amherst Bard wins Holyoke Poet Award," in The Jeff student newspaper, May 17, 1946, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. 

James I. Merrill with his partner David Jackson, from the Sprague Family Papers

James I. Merrill (right) with his partner David Jackson at their home in Stonington, CT, from the Sprague Family Papers, Amherst Archives & Special Collections.

Cast photo of Orphée and My Heart's in the Highlands, 1945

Cast photo of Orphée and My Heart's in the Highlands, from 1945. James Merrill is in the center of the photo, wearing a black cape. Dramatic Activities File, Amherst Archives & Special Collections.