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Elizabeth Bishop by Marshall, Megan
Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast
by Marshall, Megan
 
“A sure-handed, beautifully constructed book that captures the color of Elizabeth Bishop’s life—melancholy and ecstatic, anchored by whiskey and words, by turns New England grim and toucan-vibrant—on the page. Megan Marshall performs her own miracle: here is how poetry gets written.” —Stacy Schiff, author of The Witches, Cleopatra, and Véra

Since her death in 1979, Elizabeth Bishop, who published only one hundred poems in her lifetime, has become one of America’s most revered poets. And yet she has never been fully understood as a woman and artist. Megan Marshall makes incisive and moving use of a newly discovered cache of Bishop’s letters to reveal a much darker childhood than has been known, a secret affair, and the last chapter of her passionate romance with Brazilian modernist designer Lota de Macedo Soares. 
  
By alternating the narrative line of biography with brief passages of memoir, Megan Marshall, who studied with Bishop in her storied 1970s poetry workshop at Harvard, offers the reader an original and compelling glimpse of the ways poetry and biography, subject and biographer, are entwined.
 
Published December, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Paperback, 368 Pages, ISBN: 9781328745637, ISBN-10: 1328745635, List Price $16.99.

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