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Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and After

Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and After: A Poetic Career Transformed by George Monteiro is now available. This study explores how Bishop’s personal and literary experience in Brazil influenced her work culturally, historically, and linguistically, while she was in Brazil and following her return to the United States.

From the Editor:

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of Brazil in the life and writing of Elizabeth Bishop.  Everything seemed to change for her there.  An inveterate wanderer, she arrived intending a two-week stay but remained for the better part of two decades.  She met the love of her life, Lota de Macedo Soares, and painted scenes (on canvas but also, of course, in writing) from day-to-day life in Petropolis, where the two settled in together.  She also published the most acclaimed poetry of her career, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Poems: North & South–A Cold Spring.  A book-length examination of Brazil’s influence on the poet is long, long overdue.