On Elizabeth Bishop
  • On Elizabeth Bishop
  • On Elizabeth Bishop
ISBN: 0691154112
EAN13: 9780691154114
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 22, 2015
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 7.32" L x 4.72" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Colm Toibin's perfectly judged study of Elizabeth Bishop's writing, and especially her mastery of tone, has itself the tonal intimacy of a letter. He explores the places (Nova Scotia, Brazil) and working friendships (Moore, Lowell) central to Bishop's poetry of solitariness and exile; he finds her true companions in this 'restrained but serious ambition' (Wyatt, Herbert, Gunn); he distinguishes the candor of her art from the facts of her life, the emotions of her poetry from its causes. Above all, he honors Bishop's exact ways with language, and his sifting of what is said from what is unsaid in her poetry illuminates his own watchful and patient art as a novelist.--Saskia Hamilton, coeditor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

This book offers the reader a luminous meditation on Elizabeth Bishop's poetry. It focuses, among other things, on the restraint of her style and the power of the unsaid in her work. But more than that: Colm Toibin meshes his journey as a writer with hers, showing with unique eloquence how her poems have entered and guided his life. I have no doubt this book will become one of the essential texts on Bishop's work.--Eavan Boland, author of A Woman Without a Country: Poems

Colm Toibin--a sensitive critic as well as a novelist--has written an almost ideal introduction to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. This could become the introduction to Bishop for people who intend to read her for pleasure.--Stephen Burt, author of Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry

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