Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 Nonfiction |

Elizabeth Bishop, Critic

Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters. Edited by Robert Giroux and Lloyd Schwartz, New York: Library of America, 2008. 975 pp. $40.00 hardcover.   In one volume, here we have them, all the essential writings of Elizabeth Bishop, superseding the earlier Collected Poems and Collected Prose. Also included are fifty-three letters, not as many as in the earlier One Art volume of letters, but with several added that were not found there (notably, the letters Bishop wrote to Anne Stevenson when the younger poet was working on her critical study of Bishop). In the current selection, letters are printed without excisions and with complimentary closings (from the earlier book) omitted. Beyond poems and prose, we're also provided with all the extant translations Bishop ever made, including an unpublished version of the opening of Aristophanes' The Birds and translations of several stories by Clarice Lispector that first appeared in The Kenyon Review. This edition omits the a

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