Bishop, Elizabeth. (1911 - 1979)

Geography III - SIGNED

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1978. Second printing, paperback issue.. Small 4to, original stiff wrappers; light wear and creasing at edges. Signed and dated "November 11th, 1975" in ink at head of title page by the author.

During her lifetime, poet Elizabeth Bishop was a respected yet somewhat obscure figure in the world of American literature. Since her death in 1979, however, her reputation has grown to the point that many critics, like Larry Rohter in the New York Times, have referred to her as "one of the most important American poets" of the 20th century. Bishop was a perfectionist who did not write prolifically, preferring instead to spend long periods of time polishing her work. She published only 101 poems during her lifetime. Her verse is marked by precise descriptions of the physical world and an air of poetic serenity, but her underlying themes include the struggle to find a sense of belonging, and the human experiences of grief and longing. (15855)

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