Poems

Elizabeth Bishop, 1911-1979

Book - 2011

Elizabeth Bishop is one of America's greatest writers, and her art is loved and admired by readers and fellow poets alike. The poems that make up Bishop's small and select body of work display honesty and humor, grief and acceptance, observing nature and human nature with painstaking accuracy. Her poems often start outwardly, with geography and landscape-- from New England and Nova Scotia, where she grew up, to Florida and Brazil, where she later lived-- and move inexorably toward &quo...t;the interior," exploring as they do fundamental questions of knowledge and perception, love and solitude, and the ability or inability of form to control chaos.

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Published
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
xiv, 352 p. : facsims. ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780374532369
0374532362
9780374126568
0374126569
Main Author
Elizabeth Bishop, 1911-1979 (-)
  • The complete poems (1969) : North & south (1946)
  • A cold spring (1955)
  • Questions of travel (1965)
  • Translations from the Portuguese (1969)
  • New and uncollected work (1969)
  • Geography III (1976)
  • New and uncollected poems (1978-1979)
  • Uncollected poems (1933-1969)
  • Uncollected translations (1950-1975)
  • Appendix I: Selected unpublished manuscript poems
  • Appendix II: Contents of Elizabeth Bishop's books of poetry on first publication, 1946-1977.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

To celebrate the centennial of the birth of Bishop (1911–1979), FSG is releasing three landmark volumes of her writing in one month—new editions of her poems and prose, plus her complete correspondence with her editors at the New Yorker. Poems includes the complete text of what is for many a lifelong bedside companion, the 1983 Complete Poems, plus selections from the drafts and poems in progress from Bishop's archive, first published as Edgar Allan Poe and the Jukebox. Especially in the years since her death, Bishop has become one of America's most beloved poets, known for her careful and deceptively layered descriptions ("I looked into his eyes/ which were far larger than mine/ but shallower, and yellowed,/ the irises backed and packed/ with tarnished tinfoil," she famously says of a just-caught fish), and this new edition is the most loving treatment of her poetic output, the best place to start and perhaps all one needs in the end. (This title is also available with Prose as a hardcover boxed set, , ISBN 978-0-374-12558-5.) (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A definitive collection of the Pulitzer Prize-, National Book Award- and National Books Critics Circle Award-winning poet covers the complete body of her work, evaluating her characteristic scrutiny of New England geography as well as her themes of humor, pain and acceptance. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A definitive collection of the award-winning poet covers the complete body of her work, evaluating her characteristic scrutiny of New England geography as well as her themes of humor, pain, and acceptance.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011This is the definitive edition of the work of one of America's greatest poets, increasingly recognized as one of the greatest English-language poets of the twentieth century, loved by readers and poets alike. Bishop's poems combine humor and sadness, pain and acceptance, and observe nature and lives in perfect miniaturist close-up. The themes central to her poetry are geography and landscape—from New England, where she grew up, to Brazil and Florida, where she later lived—human connection with the natural world, questions of knowledge and perception, and the ability or inability of form to control chaos. This new edition offers readers the opportunity to take in, entire, one of the great careers in twentiethcentury poetry.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

This definitive new collection gives us the full scope of a brilliant American poet