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John Berryman
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Poet
    (October 25, 1914-January 7, 1972)
    Birth name was John Smith
    Member of the ‘Confessional' circle of poets
    Wrote ‘Poems (1942),' ‘The Dispossessed (1948)' and ‘Dream Songs (1964, 1969)'
    He was known for screaming at his students in class and ridiculing their writings.
    One of his students eventually punched him in the face.
    He was a drunk.
    His alcoholism got so bad that he no longer could appear in public.
    He smoked.
    He committed suicide by jumping off a bridge.
    His father killed himself when Berryman was only ten, and he found the body.
    He is considered an important 20th-century poet.
    One critic wrote that he had 'one heck of a beard.'

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