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Elizabeth Bishop was born on 8th February 1911 and died on 6th October 1979. Her works include poetry and short stories. The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry was awarded to her in 1956; the National Book Award was given to her in 1970; and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature was bestowed upon her in 1976. She was the most gifted poet of the 20th century, according to Dwight Garner. Bishop published her work in The Magazine (based in California) during her senior year. Her co-founders were writer Mary McCarthy (one year her senior), Margaret Miller, and the sisters Eunice and Eleanor Clark. In 1933, they created Con Spirito, a rebel literary magazine. In 1934, Bishop graduated from Vassar with a bachelor's degree.
Elizabeth Bishop Career:
• Elizabeth Bishop published very sparingly for a major American poet. Nevertheless, she won the Houghton Mifflin Poetry Prize for her first book, North & South, published in 1946.
• Elizabeth Bishop had to wait another long time for her next book, Questions of Travel, released in 1965. The book exemplifies Bishop's writing influenced by her time in Brazil.
• In 1969, Bishop published The Complete Poems, which won a National Book Award for including eight new poems.
• Elizabeth Bishop published Geography III (1977), which included "In the Waiting Room" and "One Art," frequently anthologized poems.
• Elizabeth Bishop describes her first encounter with death in the poem "First Death in Nova Scotia," which she first published in 1965. She describes the event from the perspective of a child in this poem.
Elizabeth Bishop Awards:
1947: Guggenheim Fellowship
1953: Shelley Memorial Award
1956: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1964: Academy of American Poets Fellowship
1970: National Book Award for Poetry
1974: Harriet Monroe Poetry Award
1976: Books Abroad/Neustadt International Prize
Elizabeth Bishop Unknown Facts:
Elizabeth Bishop lost many close friends to illnesses and accidents during her lifetime, including her partner, Lota de Macedo Soares, to suicide. She infused her poetry with themes of absence, longing, and resilience through these experiences of loss and grief.
Her work continues to be celebrated and studied for its precision, introspection, and evocative imagery. Her poems explore love, loss, nature, and the complexities of human existence, leaving an indelible mark on American poetry.