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Love Unknown by Thomas Travisano
Nov 05, 2019 | 400 Pages
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“For more than thirty years, Thomas Travisano’s discoveries and insights have helped consolidate Elizabeth Bishop’s now unassailable position in American letters. His new critical biography, Love Unknown, is as illuminating as it is engrossing—a major addition to our ever-deepening understanding of Bishop’s life and singular art.”
Lloyd Schwartz, poet, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, and co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters

“Elizabeth Bishop’s great poetry has been considered an art of loss, as in her celebrated ironic line, ‘the art of losing is not hard to master.’ In Thomas Travisano’s new, wide-ranging biography, she emerges instead as a poet of gain upon gain, maker of an art grown from all she had lost in childhood. He gives us the writer as a quintessential American, alive to adventure, ever seeking, discovering, and burning with the fire to transmute ordinary things she encounters into gold. Travisano sees beyond her supposed formality, and through the veil of her ‘dispassionate coolness,’ as her friend, Robert Lowell once put it, to present her as a woman passionately engaged with life and art and love, yet light-heartedly resigned to her limitations.”
Grace Schulman, Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Winner of the Frost Medal of Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry

“This is the biography we’ve been waiting for. Alternately heartbreaking and joyous, it contains many fascinating discoveries, all orchestrated by an insightful, sympathetic narrator.”
Steven Axelrod, President of the Robert Lowell Society and author of Robert Lowell: Life and Art

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