Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Dwight Garner argued that she was perhaps "the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century".
Elizabeth Bishop was born in 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts and grew up there and in Nova Scotia. Her father died before she was a year old and her mother suffered seriously from mental illness; she was committed to an institution when Bishop was five. Raised first by her maternal grandparents in Nova Scotia, Bishop’s wealthy paternal grandparents eventually brought her to live in Massachusetts.
For years she was considered a “poet’s poet,” but with the 1977 publication of her last book, Geography III (Chatto and Windus), Bishop was finally established as a major force in contemporary literature. Elizabeth Bishop was awarded an Academy Fellowship in 1964 for distinguished poetic achievement, and served as a Chancellor from 1966 to 1979. She died in her apartment at Lewis Wharf in Boston on October 6, 1979.
Elizabeth Bishop, (born Feb. 8, 1911, Worcester, Mass., U.S.—died Oct. 6, 1979, Boston, Mass.), American poet known for her polished, witty, descriptive verse. Her short stories and her poetry first were published in The New Yorker and other magazines. Bishop was reared by her maternal grandparents in Nova Scotia and by an aunt in Boston.
This collection of 473 titles includes works by and about Elizabeth Bishop and inscribed copies of works by her contemporaries, as well as her childhood readers, college textbooks, and general reading materials. Finding Aid: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Frank Bidart Finding Aid: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Maryette Charlton and Other Papers
Birthday: February 8, 1911 ( Aquarius) Born In: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States 17 4 Poets #191 Writers #1245 Quick Facts Died At Age: 68 Quotes By Elizabeth Bishop Poets Died on: October 6, 1979 place of death: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Cause of Death: Cerebral Aneurysms Ancestry: Canadian American, American Brazilian
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) at the time of her death was respected as a “writer’s writer” on account of her technical mastery and exemplary patience and dedication to her craft. Since then her reputation has risen steadily until she has become one of the major figures of 20th century American poetry. She was born into a comfortable home in Worcester, Massachusetts, her father being a business executive with a successful family-owned construction firm.
Elizabeth Bishop 1911-1979 • Ranked #57 in the top 500 poets Elizabeth Bishop [1911-1979] was American born but raised in Canada. Started writing at Vassar on the student paper and founding her own magazine 'Con Spirito'. Bishop won most of the major poetry prizes including a Pulitzer and was a good linguist translating from the Brazilian.
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.