Arch Bishop

An LRB podcast with Seamus Perry and Mark Ford

Elizabeth Bishop
Photo: Elizabeth Bishop by Alice Methfessel (Archives & Special Collections, Vassar College Library/Bishop 119.1 Autumn Leaves)

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, through the lens of the pieces written about her in the LRB archive.

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Further reading in the LRB:

Elizabeth Bishop: ‘Apartment in Leme’

Susannah Clapp: Sweet Home (1983)
Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems 1927-1979

Craig Raine: Good Manners (1984)
The Collected Prose of Elizabeth Bishop edited by Robert Giroux

Helen Vendler: The Numinous Moose (1993)
Elizabeth Bishop: Life and the Memory of It by Brett Millier

Gillian White: Awful but Cheerful (2006)
Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop, edited by Alice Quinn

Mark Ford: Elizabeth Bishop’s Aviary (2007)

Colm Tóibín: Follow-the-Leader (2009)
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell edited by Thomas Travisano and Saskia Hamilton

Michael Hofmann: Mostly Middle (2011)
Poems by Elizabeth Bishop

Matthew Bevis: The lighthouse stares back (2016)
On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Tóibín

Other episodes in the series:

Auden Anxieties

Looking at Larkin

Hardy’s Neutral Tones

The Idea of Stevie


Uneven Stevens


Heaney Overheard

Lowell Studies