Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970. Elizabeth Bishop House is an artists' retreat in Great Village, Nova Scotia dedicated to her memory. She is considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century.
Elizabeth Bishop, an only child, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. After her father, a successful builder, died when she was eight months old, Bishop’s mother became mentally ill and was institutionalized in 1916. (Bishop wrote about the time ... more »
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- One Art
- The Fish
- I Am in Need of Music
- A Miracle for Breakfast
- In the Waiting Room
- Questions of Travel
- First Death In Nova Scotia
- A Prodigal
- The Shampoo
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All my life I have lived and behaved very much like [the] sandpiperjust running down the edges of different countries and continents, "looking for something" ... having spent most of my life tim...Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet; relocated to Brazil. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980). A native of Worces...
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