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The Journals of Elizabeth Bishop

This is a fascinating window giving on the private thoughts of one of the great American writers of the twentieth century. It follows on Carcanets publication of Edgar Allan Poe and the Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts and Fragments, edited by Alice Quinn, and Exchanging Hats, the poets celebrated watercolours. Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) wrote frequently and intimately in her journals. They document the evolution of her work and illuminate another side of the private life that was the occasion of so many of her poems. This generous selection shows us, in many cases for the first time, the thoughts and passions of a figure unrivalled in her influence on American poetry, an influence registered by poets throughout the Anglophone world. Her prose has proven an essential complement to her poems; David Kalstone wrote in the New York Times that it would be read beside her poems, as Keats letters are beside his... "The Sea & Its Shore" and "In Prison" [are] worthy of Kafka or Poe. Of Alice Quinns annotations, Sam Leith wrote in the Telegraph, Beautifully and fascinatingly annotated... you can see the great poems themselves emerging. A complete treasure-house.

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) is one of the best-loved American poets of the century. She won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award during her lifetime. Her Complete Poems, her Collected Prose and One Art: Collected Letters are published by Chatto & Windus. A book of her uncollected poems, drafts and fragments, Edgar Allan Poe and the Juke-Box, edited by Alice Quinn, is published by Carcanet Press.; Alice Quinn was the poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987 to 2007 and the executive director of the Poetry Society of America until 2019. She is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop (Carcanet, 2006).

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