Berryman, John

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Berryman, John Gender: M
John Allyn Smith, Jr.
born on 25 October 1914 at 11:00 (= 11:00 AM )
Place McAlester, Oklahoma, 34n56, 95w46
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 01°27' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 28°32 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 25°19'


American writer, a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1965 for his "77 Dream Songs" and the National Book Award in 1969 for "History, His Dream, His Rest." A brilliant teacher, when sober, and outwardly humdrum, he was a professor all of his life. He upheld the myth of the artist fornicating, drinking and roaring toward self destruction in a descent into madness. He was fired from the University of Iowa for screaming drunken obscenities and defecating on his landlord's porch. Inwardly, he suffered from the tortures of whatever damnation it was that drove him. His "dream songs" began as an effort in self-analysis, centered mostly on his dad's suicide when he was 12 and his subsequent love-hate feeling toward his mom. He had psychotic nightmares, hallucinations and suffered from manic-depression as early as the age of 20.

On 7 January 1972, about 9:00 AM CST, he committed suicide by jumping off a bridge into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Work : Prize 1965 (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Work : Prize 1969 (National Book Award)
  • Death by Suicide 7 January 1972 at 09:00 AM in Minneapolis, MN (Jumped off bridge, age 57)
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Source Notes

John Haffenden, "The Life of Berryman," 1982


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Heavy)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode (Hallucinations, nightmares)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age 12 when dad a suicide)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Heavy issues with mom, love-hate)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Professor)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide (Jumped off bridge)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor all of his life)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize (Literature)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (National Book Award)