Elizabeth Bishop at Work


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Harvard University Press
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Eleanor Cook is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.


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
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
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" (09/01/2016)
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" (02/01/2017)
[Cook] is one of Bishop's most attentive readers.--Jonathan Galassi"New York Review of Books" (05/11/2017)
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.-- (08/11/2016)