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Elizabeth Bishop

also known as Elizabeth Bishop at Vassar

poet

Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and the National Book Award winner in 1970. Elizabeth Bishop House is an artists' retreat in Great Village, Nova Scotia dedicated to her memory. She is considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century.

Background

Bishop, Elizabeth was born on February 8, 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of William Thomas and Gertrude (Bulmer) Bishop.

Education

Bishop boarded at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, where she studied music.

Then she entered Vassar College in the fall of 1929.

Career

She gave up music because of a terror of performance and switched to English where she took courses including 16th and 17th century literature and the novel.

Works

Membership

Member National Institute Arts and Letters, Academy American Poets (chancellor 1966-1979).

Connections

father:
William Thomas Bishop

mother:
Gertrude (Bulmer) Bishop