One Art: Letters

Front Cover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr 1, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 725 pages
9 Reviews
Robert Lowell once remarked, "When Elizabeth Bishop's letters are published (as they will be), she will be recognized as not only one of the best, but one of the most prolific writers of our century." One Art is the magificent confirmation of Lowell's prediction.

From several thousand letters, written by Bishop over fifty years—from 1928, when she was seventeen, to the day of her death, in Boston in 1979—Robert Giroux, the poet's longtime friend and editor, has selected over five hundred missives for this volume. In a way, the letters comprise Bishop's autobiography, and Giroux has greatly enhanced them with his own detailed, candid, and highly informative introduction. One Art takes us behind Bishop's formal sophistication and reserve, fully displaying the gift for friendship, the striving for perfection, and the passionate, questing, rigorous spirit that made her a great artist.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: One Art

User Review  - Deb W - Goodreads

This is a must read for anyone entranced by the world of literature and artists. Read full review

Review: One Art

User Review  - Statmanm - Goodreads

Maybe best for THE EB fan. But in here is so much deep knowledge not only on the art of reading and writing poetry but the art of understanding how one is living wholly in that lived moment. Read full review

About the author (1994)

The modern American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Nation Book Critics' Circle Award, and many other distinctions and accolades for her work.

Bibliographic information