Title

Words in Air: Bishhop, Lowell, and the Aesthetics of Autobiographical Poetry

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

5-22-2012

Publication Title

Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century: Reading the New Editions

ISBN

9780813932743

Abstract

Georgia Southern University faculty member Richard Flynn authored "Words in Air: Bishop, Lowell, and the Aesthetics of Autobiographical Poetry" in Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century: Reading the New Editions.

Book Description: In recent years, a series of major collections of posthumous writings by Elizabeth Bishop--one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the twentieth century--have been published, profoundly affecting how we look at her life and work. The hundreds of letters, poems, and other writings in these volumes have expanded Bishop‘s published work by well over a thousand pages and placed before the public a "new" Bishop whose complexity was previously familiar to only a small circle of scholars and devoted readers. This collection of essays by many of the leading figures in Bishop studies provides a deep and multifaceted account of the impact of these new editions and how they both enlarge and complicate our understanding of Bishop as a cultural icon.

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