Please join us on Sunday, February 12 at 3pm, when Pulitzer Prize-winning author Megan Marshall presents her new book, Elizabeth Bishop.
Megan Marshall is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Margaret Fuller, and the author of the award-winning biography The Peabody Sisters, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor and teaches narrative nonfiction and the art of archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College.
From a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a brilliantly rendered life of one of our most admired American poets
Since her death in 1979, Elizabeth Bishop, who published only one hundred poems in her lifetime, has become one of America’s best-loved poets. And yet - painfully shy and living out of public view in Key West and Brazil, among other hideaways - she has never been seen so fully as a woman and an artist. Megan Marshall makes incisive and moving use of a newly discovered cache of Bishop’s letters - to her psychiatrist and to three of her lovers - to reveal a much darker childhood than has been known, a secret affair, and the last chapter of her passionate romance with the Brazilian modernist designer Lota de Macedo Soares.
These elements of Bishop’s life, along with her friendships with poets Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, are brought to life with novelistic intensity. And by alternating the narrative line of biography with brief passages of memoir, Marshall, who studied with Bishop in her storied 1970s poetry workshop at Harvard, offers the reader a compelling glimpse of the ways poetry and biography, subject and biographer, are entwined.
Finally, in this riveting portrait of a life lived for - and saved by - art, Marshall captures the enduring magic of Bishop’s creative achievement.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography
The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroine-Thoreau's first editor, Emerson's close friend, first female war correspondent, passionate advocate of personal and political freedom.
Fascinating, insightful, and wholly engrossing, The Peabody Sisters is a landmark biography of three women who made American intellectual history.
Though theirs may not be household names, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody had an extraordinary influence on the thought of their day, the movement of intense creative ferment known as American Romanticism.
Megan Marshall adeptly brings to life the sisters and the men they loved and inspired, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Mann, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. In a work filled with startling revelations, Marshall presents a vivid and nuanced psychological portrait of a sisterhood rife with shifting loyalties yet founded on enduring affection.