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To celebrate the centennial of the birth of Bishop (1911–1979), FSG is releasing three landmark volumes of her writing in one month—new editions of her poems and prose, plus her complete correspondence with her editors at the New Yorker. Poems includes the complete text of what is for many a lifelong bedside companion, the 1983 Complete Poems, plus selections from the drafts and poems in progress from Bishop's archive, first published as Edgar Allan Poe and the Jukebox. Especially in the years since her death, Bishop has become one of America's most beloved poets, known for her careful and deceptively layered descriptions ("I looked into his eyes/ which were far larger than mine/ but shallower, and yellowed,/ the irises backed and packed/ with tarnished tinfoil," she famously says of a just-caught fish), and this new edition is the most loving treatment of her poetic output, the best place to start and perhaps all one needs in the end. (This title is also available with Prose as a hardcover boxed set, , ISBN 978-0-374-12558-5.) (Feb.)
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“Bishop was not just a good poet but a great one. Bishop accomplished a magical illumination of the ordinary, forcing us to examine our surroundings with the freshness of a friendly alien.” —DAVID LEHMAN, Newsweek
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374532362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374532369
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jamie S. on March 25, 2011
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Elizabeth Bishop is one of the greatest American poets. Her work is essential for anyone interested in poetry from the 20th Century. This edition includes her complete works, translations she did by other poets and her uncollected works. It also includes her original handwritten or typed drafts of some of her later poems. It's fascinating to see her how she worked and the changes she made. This book is essential for every poetry collection.
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I bought this from a recommendation. Her poems are full of imagery yet easy to digest. Her writing flows well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD SCHEIBERLE on August 27, 2014
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bishop at her best it does not get any better than this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on June 25, 2014
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Elizabeth Bishop's poetry is exceptional and this edition of her collected poems is to be appreciated by poets and tyros alike.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Ilseman on July 23, 2015
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie G. Mount on December 6, 2014
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