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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374281386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374281380
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This superbly edited collection traces the correspondence between poet Bishop and her editors at the New Yorker--Katharine S. White (wife of E.B. White) and Howard Moss--from 1934 to 1979. Many of Bishop's finest poems were first published in the New Yorker. These were the days of manual typewriters, carbon copies, and Varitype working proofs. The letters often capture the back and forth from editor and publisher to writer concentrating on the nitty-gritty of punctuation and word choice. "Punctuation is my Waterloo," Bishop bemoans. The "real world" rarely intrudes, for example, a fleeting reference to the 1960 presidential campaign. When White departs as poetry-and-fiction editor in 1956, taking her warm and chatty approach with her, Bishop's initial disappointment is clear. Over time she warms up to Howard Moss and vice versa, even to the point of his eventual purchase of her cherished clavichord. He pleads: "Please send some poems!" This is a fascinating, placid, and inevitably repetitious correspondence that ought to be assigned to all aspiring editors of poetry. (Illus. not seen) (Feb.)
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Elizabeth Bishop (1911–79) won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deb Oestreicher on February 3, 2012
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This beautiful book offers a rare peek at the give-and-take between a great poet and her (also great) editors. I really got a feeling for these lives (mainly Elizabeth Bishop, Katherine White, and Howard Moss) as if through a side window. The letters also drove me straight back to Elizabeth Bishop's poems--which not only stand up to the test of time, but which seem even better than when I first read them (WRITE IT!) more than 25 years ago. They may yet send me back to Howard Moss and EB White as well. Inspiring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By random-reviewer45 on April 8, 2013
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This is an excellent book. It shows the reader how The New Yorker edited the poetry that was being submitted by Elizabeth Bishop. It also shows the warm and caring relationship Elizabeth Bishop had with the editors of that magazine and the gradual intimacy that was being established between Katherine White, Howard Moss and Bishop in the warm letters being sent back and forth. The introduction is good too because it sets the context of what The New Yorker was like in the middle twentieth century.
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By Amy Lowell on September 9, 2014
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Love anything about Elizabeth Bishop. This deals with her correspondence and involment with magazine. Rather try stuff, but as usual EB, can come across even in her business dealings. I would not recommend this as a causal read on Bishop. However if you are writing on her, this would be a must to look at.
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