Elizabeth Bishop

Author: Elizabeth Bishop

Profile: Elizabeth Bishop was an American short-story writer and poet. From the year 1949 to 1950 she was a Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She was born in Worchester, Massachusetts, United States and died in Lewis Wharf. From the year 1970 to 1977 she taught writing at Harvard University. In 1976 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her partner from 1952-1967 was Lota de Macedo Soares and from 1971-1979 was Alice Methfessel.

She graduated in 1934 from Vassar College and often travelled to Florida and Mexico. The divided nature of allegiances of Bishop born and reared in New England and then in Nova Scotia, is captured by her in her first book of poems. New England’s conscience in a frigid-tropical dichotomy in a tropical sphere is addressed in much of her later work


Writing style: Elizabeth Bishop is well known for her descriptive, witty and polished verse.

Published Texts:

Poetry Collections

1946 – North & South

1955 – Poems: North & South. A Cold Spring

1956 – A Cold Spring

1965 – Questions of Travel

1969 – The Complete Poems

1976 – Geography III

1983 – The Complete Poems: 1927-1979

2006 – Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop

2008 – Poems, Prose and Letters by Elizabeth Bishop

2011 – Poems

Other Works

1957 – The Diary of Helena Morley

1968 – The Ballad of the Burglar of Babylon

1972 – An Anthology of Twentieth Century Brazilian Poetry

Read realted notes  Analysis of ‘Red Roses’ by Langston Hughes

1984 – The Collected Prose

1994 – One Art: Letters, selected and edited by Robert Giroux

1996 – Exchanging Hats: Elizabeth Bishop Paintings edited and with an Introduction by William Benton

2008 – Poems, Prose and Letters

2008 – Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

1996 – Conversations with Elizabeth Bishop

Awards and Acknowledgements:

1945 – Houghton Mifflin Poetry Prize Fellowship

1947 – Guggenheim Fellowship

1949 – Appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress

1950 – American Academy of Arts and Letters Award

1951 – Lucy Martin Donelly Fellowship

1953 – Shelley Memorial Award

1954 – Elected to lifetime membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters

1956 – Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

1960 – Chapelbrook Foundation Award

1964 – Academy of American Poets Fellowship

1968 – Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1968 – Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant

1969 – The Order of Rio Branco

1970 – National Book Award for Poetry

1974 – Harriet Monroe Poetry Award

1976 – Books Abroad / Neustadt International Prize

1976 – Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

1977 – National Book Critics Circle Award

1978 – Guggenheim Fellowship

2010 – Elected to inaugural class of the New York Writers Hall of Fame