|Although she only published a few works in her lifetime, poet Elizabeth Bishop won almost every major literary prize.
Event honors the literary legacy
of poet Elizabeth Bishop
The recent publication of the “Poems, Prose and Letters” of Elizabeth
Bishop (1911-1979) in the distinguished Library of America series will be celebrated
on campus on Monday, April 7.
The event, titled “‘fresh as if just finished’: The Writings
of Elizabeth Bishop,” will be held 5-6 p.m. the Whitney Humanities Center
auditorium, 53 Wall St. Sponsored by the Department of English, the Whitney
Humanities Center and the Yale Review, the event is open to the public free
of charge. For more information contact Manana Sikic at (203) 432-0673 or e-mail
The event will include readings and commentary by Yale faculty and new musical
settings by undergraduate composers. Participants include essayist Anne Fadiman,
critic Langdon Hammer, poet John Hollander, musician Richard Lalli, Associate
Yale College Dean Penelope Laurans, novelist Alice Mattison, poet J.D. McClatchy,
playwright Mark O’Donnell, a group of singers and musicians, and Lloyd
Schwartz, from the University of Massachusetts. Schwartz, a personal friend
of Bishop’s and a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, is co-editor, with Robert
Giroux, of the Library of America’s “Elizabeth Bishop” volume.
Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (the equivalent to what is
today called the U.S. poet laureate) 1949-1950, Bishop was well known for writing
slowly and publishing sparingly. Nonetheless, over the course of her lifetime,
she garnered almost every major literary prize and honor. In 1955, she received
the Pulitzer Prize for “Poems: North & South — A Cold Spring.” Her
book “Questions of Travel” won the National Book Award in 1965,
and “Geography III” received the National Book Critics Circle Award
in 1976. Bishop’s work has only grown in renown since this volume and
her death in 1979.
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