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Elizabeth Bishop at Work

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$27.95 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674660175

Publication Date: 08/15/2016


320 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

8 halftones


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Cook, an eminent University of Toronto literary scholar, takes on one of the great 20th-century poets and offers a new perspective informed by her own poetic sensibility and skill at close reading. She examines Bishop’s art in detail—her diction, syntax, rhythm and meter, her sense of place and her alertness to the natural world—as well as her determination to push boundaries throughout her career in a study that is at once personal, partisan, rigorous and revelatory.Times Higher Education

[Cook] is one of Bishop’s most attentive readers.—Jonathan Galassi, The New York Review of Books

Cook’s chronological examination of Bishop’s books, and the far-reaching connections she makes, facilitate more nuanced readings of Bishop’s later work… Her expertise and breadth of approach are as expansive as Bishop’s poetry is allusive.—Bardia Sinaee, Literary Review of Canada

Cook’s most striking and persuasive discussions address how Bishop shaped and unified each discrete volume of verse, an evolution that marks her growing maturity as a conscious poetic craftswoman… Written in a lucid, uncluttered, sometimes personal style, this is an invaluable addition to the ever-expanding literature on Bishop.—K. P. Ljungquist, Choice

Do we need another book about Elizabeth Bishop? It’s a good question after all the critical attention she has received. But very few critics have been able to get inside Bishop’s work, and Eleanor Cook does just that. Grasping the subtle relationship between Bishop’s technique and sensibility, she has produced a comprehensive guide to her poetry that will be useful and generative for readers of all sorts. If this is the new book in question, we definitely need one.—Langdon Hammer, author of James Merrill: Life and Art

Full of quiet revelations, Elizabeth Bishop at Work contains sage advice for readers, practicing poets, really for all lovers of poetry. This is the definitive book on Bishop’s work and career.—David Mikics, author of Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

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