The Correspondence of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell


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In her first letter to Robert Lowell, dated May 12, 1947, Elizabeth Bishop wrote, “I was supposed to read, too, up at the YMHA Saturday evening but couldn’t make it, and I hope my absence was a help rather than a hindrance.” While the poets never shared an evening at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center, the recently published Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell makes clear that they shared much during their 30-year friendship. And in a dramatic presentation of their letters and some of their poems, Tony-nominated actors Kate Burton and Michael Cumpsty brought that friendship to life.