Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box (Hardcover)

Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments

By Elizabeth Bishop, Alice Quinn (Editor)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374146450, 392pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2006

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From the mid-1930s to 1978 Elizabeth Bishop published some eighty poems and thirty translations. Yet her notebooks reveal that she embarked upon many more compositions, some existing in only fragmentary form and some embodied in extensive drafts. Edgar Allen Poe & The Juke-Box presents, alongside facsimiles of many notebook pages from which they are drawn, poems Bishop began soon after college, reflecting her passion for Elizabethan verse and surrealist technique; love poems and dream fragments from the 1940s; poems about her Canadian childhood; and many other works that heretofore have been quoted almost exclusively in biographical and critical studies.

This revelatory and moving selection brings us into the poet's laboratory, showing us the initial provocative images that moved her to begin a poem, illustrating terrain unexplored in the work published during her lifetime. Editor Alice Quinn has also mined the Bishop archives for rich tangential material that illuminates the poet's sources and intentions.

About the Author

The modern American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) received the Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for her collection Poems: North & South. A Cold Spring, the National Book Award for The Complete Poems (1969), the National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1976, and many other distinctions and accolades for her work. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She traveled widely as an adult, living for years in France and then Brazil, before returning to the United States.

Alice Quinn is poetry editor of The New Yorker and the director of the Poetry Society of America.

Praise For Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments

“For those who love Elizabeth Bishop, there can never be enough of her writing. The arrival of this trove of unknown manuscripts is therefore a stupendous event.” —John Ashbery

“Of all the splendid and curious works belonging to my time, these are the poems that I love best and tire of least.” —James Merrill, The Washington Post Book World on Complete Poems