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Elizabeth Bishop Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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American poet Elizabeth Bishop was born on February 8, 1911, in Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Vassar College in 1934. Bishop traveled widely and lived for many years in Brazil with her partner Lota (Maria Carlota) de Macedo Soares. Among her many awards were the Pulitzer Prize for A Cold Spring(1955) and the National Book Award for Geography III (1976).

The collection consists of 31 typed letters (1965-1979), 13 note cards, 3 telegrams, and a newspaper clipping with a typed message by Bishop to her friend Ashley Brown, as well as a typescript (17 pp.) of an interview by Brown, with holograph corrections by Bishop. Much of this correspondence dates from Bishop's years in Brasil.

Organized by form/genre.

Purchased on April 8, 1987. AM87-97.

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Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 12, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

32 Letters Typed, 13 post cards, and 3 telegrams from Elizabeth Bishop to Ashley Brown, 1966-1979. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Brown dicusses her work, life in Brazil, and her relations with other writers.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Elizabeth Bishop to the Commission with an advertisement of her property which she wants to sell, 1971 July 15. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Typescript of an interview with Ashley Brown with holographic corrections by Bishop, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

It was published in Shenandoah magazine and in a book on Bishop published by the University of Michigan Press.

Physical Description

1 folder

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