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By Gary Fountain

Greater than a hundred and twenty interviews with kin, pals, colleagues, and scholars honor one in every of America's most interesting poets--Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979). Linking the interviews, Gary Fountain's narrative attracts from Bishop's released and unpublished writings. sixty two illustrations.

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Elizabeth was five. Gertrude's younger sister, Grace, who had left her nursing job in Boston to attend to her sister in Great Village, completed the hospital forms. In a written statement dated 20 June 1916 and quoted below, Grace briefly described Gertrude's character, stating that as a child she had been "happy and full of fun" and had grown into an adult who was "steady and successful" in applying herself to everyday tasks. Gertrude was at times "very headstrong," at others, mild in disposition.

When she told her grandmother that she hoped the Americans would win World War I but did not want to be an American herself, Page 15 Mrs. " Elizabeth's happiest moment occurred when her grandfather returned from visiting his office in Providence one day and brought her her own chickens for pets. He thought that a bit more farm life might make her feel more at home. It did, temporarily, but Bishop's unhappiness brought on eczema and asthma. Her cousin remembers how ill Elizabeth was at times. KAY ORR SARGENT Aunt Florence was delegated to ensure that Elizabeth and I both got properly put together for breakfast.

Photographs show him as a thin, handsome man with a self-confident air. George spent some time painting pictures of ships for their owners in Great Village, then studied in Paris and London. He gained some distinction as a portrait painter in London. In the 1890s (perhaps for two or more years) George Hutchinson set up a studio in Great Village with a friend, Bertram Knight Eaton, and two of Elizabeth's aunts, Grace and Maud, studied painting with them. The Hutchinson eye for art passed from George's portraits and landscapes, through Maud's accomplished sketches, oils and watercolors, to Elizabeth herself, who painted delicate watercolors throughout much of her life.

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