Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop

October 30, 2020
Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop is increasingly recognized as one of thetwentieth century's most important and original poets. Initiallycelebrated for the minute detail of her descriptions, what JohnAshbery memorably called her 'thinginess', Bishop's reputation hasrisen dramatically since her death, in part due to the publicationof new work, including letters, stories, and visual art, as well asa controversial volume of uncollected poems, drafts, and fragments.This Companion engages with key debates surrounding theinterpretation and reception of Bishop's writing in relation toquestions of biography, the natural world and politics. Individualchapters focus on texts such as North and South, Questions ofTravel, and Geography III, while offering fresh readings of thesignificance of Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and Brazil to Bishop'slife and work. This volume explores the full range of Bishop'sartistic achievements and the extent to which the posthumouspublications have contributed to her enduring popularity.