terça-feira, 31 de março de 2009


Elizabeth Bishop, born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1911, had a difficult childhood: her father died when she was very young, and while still in early childhood her mother was permanently hospitalized in a sanitarium. She spent her childhood years living with her grandparents in Nova Scotia, and with relatives in Massachusetts.
Bishop attended Vassar College, and afterwards travelled a great deal, living at different times in New York, Key West, Brazil and Boston. She was for many years the Poetry Editor of The Nation magazine.
Bishop was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress [the equivalent to what is now called the Poet Laureate] in 1949-50. In 1955, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Poems: North & South -- A Cold Spring. Her book of poems, Questions of Travel, won the National Book Award in 1965. A later book, Geography III, received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976.
Bishop taught poetry at Harvard and New York University.
She died on October 6, 1979.

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