Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box

Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments

Elizabeth Bishop; Edited and Annotated by Alice Quinn

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From the mid-1930s to 1978 Elizabeth Bishop published some eighty poems and thirty translations. Yet her notebooks reveal that she embarked upon many more compositions, some existing in only fragmentary form and some embodied in extensive drafts. Edgar Allen Poe & The Juke-Box presents, alongside facsimiles of many notebook pages from which they are drawn, poems Bishop began soon after college, reflecting her passion for Elizabethan verse and surrealist technique; love poems and dream fragments from the 1940s; poems about her Canadian childhood; and many other works that heretofore have been quoted almost exclusively in biographical and critical studies. This revelatory and moving selection brings us into the poet's laboratory, showing us the initial provocative images that moved her to begin a poem, illustrating terrain unexplored in the work published during her lifetime. Editor Alice Quinn has also mined the Bishop archives for rich tangential material that illuminates the poet's sources and intentions.


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Excerpted from Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box by Elizabeth Bishop Copyright © 2006 by Alice Helen Methfessel. Published in March 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.


To visit the Department of Special Collections, Vassar College Libraries, and explore the abundance of Elizabeth Bishop material is to enter a universe of fascinating proportions. In the boxes that preserve more than thirty-five hundred pages of Bishop's writing are brief, indelible character sketches. ("Loved the wrong person all his life / lived in the wrong place / maybe even


Praise for Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box

"For those who love Elizabeth Bishop, there can never be enough of her writing. The arrival of this trove of unknown manuscripts is therefore a stupendous event." --John Ashbery

Praise for The Complete Poems:

"Of all the splendid and curious works belonging to my time, these are the poems that I love best and tire of least." --James Merrill, The Washington Post Book World

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Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box

Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments

Elizabeth Bishop; Edited and Annotated by Alice Quinn