Dear Elizabeth

Five Poems & Three Letters to Elizabeth Bishop

by May Swenson

Between 1950 and 1979, May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged over 260 letters. Their letters have interested scholars of American poetry for the commentary they contain on important work that each poet was publishing at the time, but equally for what these letters reveal about the relationship between the two writers. In Dear Elizabeth, three letters and five poems from Swenson to Bishop, including an unfinished draft never published before, are gathered into one small volume with an insightful essay by scholar and poet Kirstin Hotelling Zona. This brief but intense collection offers a surprising and revealing glimpse of a complicated relationship between two very different women and very different poets, both of whom made unquestionably major contributions to American poetry of the twentieth century.

 

May Swenson was born in Logan, Utah in 1913. She published eleven volumes of poetry during her lifetime, earning her dozens of awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. During the last years of her life, she served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $9.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-296-9
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by May Swenson
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-296-9