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The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop

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Elizabeth Bishop is increasingly recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important and original poets. Initially celebrated for the minute detail of her descriptions, what John Ashbery memorably called her “thinginess,” Bishop's reputation has risen dramatically since her death, in part due to the publication of new work, including letters, stories, and visual art, as well as a controversial volume of uncollected poems, drafts, and fragments. This Companion engages with key debates surrounding the ...
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Overview

Elizabeth Bishop is increasingly recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important and original poets. Initially celebrated for the minute detail of her descriptions, what John Ashbery memorably called her “thinginess,” Bishop's reputation has risen dramatically since her death, in part due to the publication of new work, including letters, stories, and visual art, as well as a controversial volume of uncollected poems, drafts, and fragments. This Companion engages with key debates surrounding the interpretation and reception of Bishop's published and unpublished writing in relation to questions of biography, the natural world, and politics. Individual chapters focus on well-known texts such as North & South, Questions of Travel, and Geography III, while offering fresh readings of the significance of Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and Brazil to Bishop's life and work. With a chronology and guide to further reading, this volume explores the full range of Bishop's artistic achievements and the extent to which the posthumous publications have contributed to her enduring popularity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107672543
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2014
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,213,312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Angus Cleghorn is Professor of English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College, Toronto. Since 2004, he has served as the editor of the Elizabeth Bishop Bulletin for the Elizabeth Bishop Society. He has published articles on Bishop and Wallace Stevens, as well as the book Wallace Stevens' Poetics: The Neglected Rhetoric (2000); guest-edited two issues of the Wallace Stevens Journal (1999, 2006); and co-edited the volume Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century: Reading the New Editions (2012).

Jonathan Ellis is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Sheffield, England. He is the author of Art and Memory in the Work of Elizabeth Bishop (2006), as well as articles on Michael Donaghy, Paul Muldoon, Sylvia Plath and Anne Stevenson. His next book, for which he received a British Academy Research Development Award in 2008, is on twentieth-century letter writing. He is currently editing a collection of essays on poets' letters, Letter Writing among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Angus Cleghorn and Jonathan Ellis; Part I. Contexts and Issues: 1. Bishop and biography Thomas Travisano; 2. Bishop, history, and politics Steven Gould Axelrod; 3. Bishop: race, class, and gender Kirstin Hotelling Zona; 4. Bishop and the natural world Susan Rosenbaum; 5. Bishop and the poetic tradition Bonnie Costello; Part II. Major Works: 6. In the village: Bishop and Nova Scotia Sandra Barry; 7. Becoming a poet: from north to south Bethany Hicok; 8. Home, wherever that may be: poems and prose of Brazil Barbara Page; 9. Back to Boston: Geography III and other late poems Lloyd Schwartz; 10. Bishop's correspondence Siobhan Phillips; 11. Bishop and visual art Peggy Samuels; 12. Bishop's posthumous publications Lorrie Goldensohn; Bibliography and guide to further reading; Index.
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