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Elizabeth Bishop, a leading US poet of the later twentieth century, published six volumes of poetry during her lifetime, of which several collect writing already published. Her prose included translations, essays, a travel book, and scintillating personal letters. Her fellow-poet Anne Stevenson calculates her total output at fewer than a hundred poems, including prose poems, of which Bishop herself would have accepted by no means all as "worthy or finished". Yet her impact has been extraordinary. Bibliographic Citation link. Scholar Linda Anderson argues that Elizabeth Bishop has had "unprecedented significance . . . for a younger generation of British poets." Bibliographic Citation link.
8 February 1911 EB was born at 875 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1946 EB's first book, the poetry collection North & South, appeared after hanging fire for years. The year before publication it won her the Houghton Mifflin Poetry Prize: the first time that this thousand-dollar award was made. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1976 EB published Geography III, a volume of poems for which she received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 October 1979 EB died in Boston, Massachusetts, from a cerebral aneurism. Bibliographic Citation link.
By January 1983 EB's The Complete Poems, 1927-1979, was posthumously published; The Collected Prose followed by November the same year, though its title-page says 1984. Bibliographic Citation link.
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