Exchanging Hats by Elizabeth Bishop
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Thought not many people know it, Elizabeth Bishop painted throughout her life, as this handsome book, reproducing in full color forty of her watercolors, demonstrates. Benton gives the provenance, dimensions, and (where possible) the date of each painting; he also cites painterly passages from Bishop's writing.
 

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An American poet, Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1911. Following the death of her father and the extended illness of her mother, Bishop was raised by relatives. During World War I she lived in Nova Scotia. She graduated from Vassar in 1934 and later traveled in Europe and Africa. For many years she lived in Brazil. She returned to the United States in 1970. In 1945, North and South, Bishop's first book, was published. Her Complete Poems (1969) won the National Book Award in 1970. With Emanuel Brasil, Bishop coedited An Anthology of Twentieth Century Brazilian Poetry (1972) Her influence on other poets was not obvious during her life, but many have tried to emulate her distinctive talent, and her reputation continues to grow. Bishop died in 1979.
 
Published October 24, 1996 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 128 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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It is not widely known that the poet Elizabeth Bishop was also a painter. From time to time I paint a small gouache or watercolor and give them to friends. They are Not Art--NOT AT ALL, she declar

Oct 02 1996 | Read Full Review of Exchanging Hats: Paintings

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It is not widely known that the poet Elizabeth Bishop was also a painter. From time to time I paint a small gouache or watercolor and give them to friends. They are Not Art--NOT AT ALL, she declar

Oct 02 1996 | Read Full Review of Exchanging Hats: Paintings

The Paris Review

On a street near a cemetery, each of five tombstones leaning against a shack reads “FOR SALE.” The choice of subject and the modesty of style suggest that the paintings were for Bishop a personal matter.

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