Remembering Elizabeth Bishop

Remembering Elizabeth Bishop

by Gary Fountain, Peter Brazeau
     
 

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This book interweaves more than 120 interviews with relatives, friends, colleagues, and students of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), one of America's finest poets. Among the interviewees are numerous intellectual and artistic figures, including John Ashbery, Robert Fitzgerald, Robert Giroux, Clement Grenberg, Thom Gunn, John Hollander, Mary McCarthy, James Merrill,

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This book interweaves more than 120 interviews with relatives, friends, colleagues, and students of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), one of America's finest poets. Among the interviewees are numerous intellectual and artistic figures, including John Ashbery, Robert Fitzgerald, Robert Giroux, Clement Grenberg, Thom Gunn, John Hollander, Mary McCarthy, James Merrill, Katha Pollitt, Ned Rorem, Lloyd Schwartz, Anne Stevenson, Rosalyn Turek, Helen Vendler, and Richard Wilber.

University of Massachusetts Press

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New York Times Book Review

Remembering Elizabeth Bishop amply succeeds in what it proposes to do: It offers an intimate view of Bishop's desperate and lonely life, as that life was observed by those who were there at the time--and those observers are a particularly perceptive and articulate lot.

Frank Bidart

This is not a random collection of reminiscences, but--thanks to Gary Fountain's brilliant intercutting of interviews done by himself and Peter Brazeau--a genuine biography, a collage that somehow constitutes a vision of Bishop's life. It illuminates much that hitherto was obscure, and is the indispensable companion to her letters. Bishop's life, idiosyncratic, seemingly marginal, was exemplary. Her masked but intense refusal to be anything but herself reveals like an x-ray the contradictions and pleasures of twentieth-century culture. The tragedies at the root of her life were at the root of the mastery achieved by her art.

Booknews
Presents some 120 interviews with relatives, friends, colleagues, and students of the award-winning poet, plus research based on Bishop's published and unpublished writings. Details Bishop's early years, the dramatic events that shaped her career, her travels, and her struggles with alcoholism. Recollections of intellectual and artistic figures such as Robert Giroux and Mary McCarthy add a counterpoint to Bishop's own accounts in her letters and other published works. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558490161
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
02/14/1996
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Fountain is chair of the English department at Miss Porter's School. The late Peter Brazeau was author of Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered.

University of Massachusetts Press

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