Brenda Maddox

Infinite Mischief

Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell


Faber & Faber 873pp £40 order from our bookshop

Oh, how they drank! This massive, meticulously annotated volume of the complete correspondence between the poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell throws open a window on the post-war literary past. From their meeting in Manhattan in 1947 until his sudden death in New York in 1977, these two American poets wrote copiously to each other of not only poetry but grant-hunting, borrowing flats, seeking psychotherapy and constantly battling with the bottle. 

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