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Love unknown : the life and worlds of Elizabeth Bishop / Thomas Travisano.

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  • ISBN: 9780525428817
  • ISBN: 052542881X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, [2019]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Between two worlds -- The country mouse -- Were we all touched by Midas? -- Wading in the mud of the celestial gardens -- Walnut Hill -- Con spirito -- This strange world of travel -- The state with the prettiest name -- As our kisses are changing -- The prodigal -- Too many waterfalls -- Samambaia -- "O PrĂªmio Pulitzer!" -- Apartment in Leme -- No coffee can wake you -- Breakfast song -- The rainbow-bird -- Coda : all the untidy activity continues.
Summary, etc.:
"Poets of the twentieth century Elizabeth Bishop's friend James Merrill once observed that 'Elizabeth had more talent for life--and for poetry--than anyone else I've known.' This new biography reveals just how she learned to marry her talent for life with her talent for writing in order to create a brilliant array of poems, prose, and letters--a remarkable body of work that would make her one of America's most beloved and celebrated poets. In Love Unknown, Thomas Travisano, founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, tells the story of the famous poet and traveler's life. Bishop moved through extraordinary mid-twentieth century worlds with relationships among an extensive international array of literati, visual artists, musicians, scholars, and politicians--along with a cosmopolitan gay underground that was then nearly invisible to the dominant culture. Drawing on fresh interviews and newly discovered manuscript materials, Travisano illuminates that the 'art of losing' that Bishop celebrated with such poignant irony in her poem 'One Art'--perhaps her most famous--was linked in equal part to an 'art of finding,' Bishop's art and life having been devoted to the sort of encounters and epiphanies that so often appear in her work"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    *Starred Review* As founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, it is not surprising that Travisano has an intimate grasp of Bishop's life and poetry. What is surprising is how utterly captivating his biography is, let alone his illuminating, interwoven analysis of her work. Travisano considers Bishop's writing in the context of each life event, from the childhood trauma of her father's death and mother's subsequent mental breakdown to the loneliness of being shuttled from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts, one family member to another, and school to school. Other key elements include attending Vassar and acquiring Marianne Moore as a mentor, Bishop's friendship with Robert Lowell, extensive travels, love affairs, and life in Brazil. Despite Bishop's knowledge of abandonment and loss, she found a sense of home in different places, a sense of family with lovers, friends, and devoted correspondents, and understanding and acceptance in artistic and gay communities. Just as a young Bishop's reading of a book about the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley inspired her to seek simultaneous immersion in his writing, so too, will Travisano's biography spark desire to engage with Bishop's extraordinary poems. Though not prolific, Bishop perfected her craft and left the powerful body of work so well explored here, assuring her place among the best of twentieth-century poets. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Thomas Travisano is the founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society and the author of Elizabeth Bishop: Her Artistic Development and Midcentury Quartet: Bishop, Lowell, Jarrell, Berryman. He is principal editor of the acclaimed Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell and served as co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century and the three-volume New Anthology of American Poetry. Travisano&;s work on Love Unknown was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. He is Emeritus Professor of English at Hartwick College.

Subject: Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979.
Women poets, American > Biography.
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979.
Women poets, American.
Genre: Biography.

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