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Elizabeth Bishop (1911 - 1979)

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  • Elizabeth Bishop is one of the best-loved American poets of the century. She won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award during her lifetime. Her Complete Poems, her Collected Prose and One Art: Collected Letters are published by Chatto & Windus. A book of her uncollected poems, drafts and fragments, Edgar Allan Poe and the Juke-Box, edited by Alice Quinn, is published by Carcanet Press.

    Praise for Elizabeth Bishop (1911 - 1979)  'Beautifully and fascinatingly can see the great poems themselves emerging. A complete treasure-house.'
    Sam Leith, The Telegraph
    'For those who love Elizabeth Bishop, there can never be enough of her writing. The arrival of this trove of unknown manuscripts is therefore a stupendous event.'
    John Ashbery
     'Mirrors... throughout her work pretty consistently stand for the imagination... did she realise that the act of looking is always reflective? No matter how intently she searched nature for an identity, she could see only what her eye and mind perceived. Geography could provide her with no more than a reflection in the transparent glass of her own polished window.'
    Anne Stevenson
    'You can see Klee or Vuillard in her paintings and her poetry, not because she imitated them but because she liked them and saw what they saw... As Benton says and this delightful book shows, Bishop was 'her own best influence'.'
    Lavinia Greenlaw, Independent on Sunday
     'Bishop's... paintings are not 'interesting' forays into an essentially alien form, nor are they divorced from the central intelligence of the poems... they come from the same extraordinary source and make a justified claim to attention in their own right.'
    Jamie McKendrick, Times Literary Supplement
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