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On Elizabeth Bishop

by Colm Toibin Princeton University Press
Pub Date:
03/2015
ISBN:
9780691154114
Format:
Hbk 224 pages
Price:
AU$46.99 NZ$47.82
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In this book, novelist Colm Tóibín offers a deeply personal introduction to the work and life of one of his most important literary influences - the American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Ranging across her poetry, prose, letters, and biography, Tóibín creates a vivid picture of Bishop while also revealing how her work has helped shape his sensibility as a novelist and how her experiences of loss and exile resonate with his own. What emerges is a compelling double portrait that will intrigue readers interested in both Bishop and Tóibín.

For Tóibín, the secret of Bishop’s emotional power is in what she leaves unsaid. Exploring Bishop’s famous attention to detail, Tóibín describes how Bishop is able to convey great emotion indirectly, through precise descriptions of particular settings, objects, and events. He examines how Bishop’s attachment to the Nova Scotia of her childhood, despite her later life in Key West and Brazil, is related to her early loss of her parents—and how this connection finds echoes in Tóibín’s life as an Irish writer who has lived in Barcelona, New York, and elsewhere.

Beautifully written and skillfully blending biography, literary appreciation, and descriptions of Tóibín’s travels to Bishop’s Nova Scotia, Key West, and Brazil, On Elizabeth Bishop provides a fresh and memorable look at a beloved poet even as it gives us a window into the mind of one of today’s most acclaimed novelists.


No Detail Too Small 1

One of Me 9

In the Village 15

The Art of Losing 30

Nature Greets Our Eyes 41

Order and Disorder in Key West 62

The Escape from History 77

Grief and Reason 96

The Little That We Get for Free 115

Art Isn't Worth That Much 135

The Bartók Bird 162

Efforts of Affection 174

North Atlantic Light 193

Acknowledgments 201

Bibliography 203


'An admiring critical portrait of a great American poet and a master of subtlety. . . . An inspiring appreciation from one writer to another.'--Kirkus Reviews
Colm Tóibín is the author of eight novels, three of which have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: The Blackwater Lightship, The Master (the Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year), and The Testament of Mary. His other novels include Nora Webster and Brooklyn. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books.