David Jackson Papers
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Biographical / Historical Note

Known primarily to literary historians as the longtime companion of poet James Merrill, Jackson also produced, though never published, a wealth of ms. material himself, including poems, stories, and novels. However, his greatest claim-to-fame as a writer is a most enigmatic one. Together with Merrill, Jackson helped to “write” the epic Changing Light of Sandover (1982) with the aid of a Ouija Board. Though Merrill is most often singly credited with writing Sandover, Jackson’s own role in the process of composition makes such a facile designation problematic.