Hardcover/ No jacket / Elizabeth bishop with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell / Edited by Robert Hemenway / Afterword by James Merrill. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: A biographical/critical study of three mid-century American poets: Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell and Marianne Moore. It describes their mutual influence, evokes their world and evaluates their work, with an emphasis on its biographical underpinnings.
From Publishers Weekly:
When Elizabeth Bishop, a senior at Vassar in 1934, met Marianne Moore, she clutched the older poet's "very generous and protective apron." Moore's serene ability to enter into the life of things sharpened Bishop's own observational powers. In their friendship, Bishop played the role of wayward niece to Moore's posture as wise, eccentric aunt, in a dynamic of support and disobedience that lasted until Moore's death in 1947. In that year, Bishop met Robert Lowell, embarking on a complex, sustaining friendship that began as a flirtation and survived her alcoholism and 15-year stay in Brazil and his mental breakdowns. Although an abyss might seem to separate Bishop's open-air naturalism from Lowell's narrative lyrics laden with myth and history, Kalstone (who died after completing the draft of this sensitive study) demonstrates how the two established poets opened each other to new modes of expression.
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Title: Becoming A Poet
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: VG
Book Description Hogarth Press. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97045419
Book Description Hogarth, 1989. Condition: VG. Hardcover/ No jacket / Elizabeth bishop with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell / Edited by Robert Hemenway / Afterword by James Merrill. Seller Inventory # 65834
Book Description The Hogarth Press, London, 1989. Hard Cover. Condition: G; slight browning at margins. First UK edition. A study of Elizabeth Bishop's friendships with poets Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell from Bishop's first years as a struggling poet out of Vassar until her death. Kalstone, literary historian, poet and friend of Elizabeth Bishop, undertook to explore the dynamics of the literary exchanges between Bishop and the two American poets and the effect they had on Bishop's poetic development. Kalstone died before the manuscript was completed, and his work was completed by Robert Hemenway and James Merrill, Bishop's literary executor. Appendix includes first publication of "The Cock;" source notes; index. xiv, 299 pp. Seller Inventory # 3265
Book Description The Hogarth Press, London, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st UK Edition; First Printing. A Fine first Printing of the First British Edition housed in an equally impressive dust-jacket. Seller Inventory # 59470