An illuminating new biography of one of the vital largest American poets of the 20th century, Elizabeth Bishop

Love Unknown points movingly to the numerous relationships that moored Bishop, preserving her in combination while lifestyles—and her personal self-damaging dispositions—threatened to separate her aside.” —The Wall Boulevard Journal

Elizabeth Bishop’s loved one James Merrill as soon as noticed that “Elizabeth had extra ability for lifestyles—and for poetry—than any individual else I have recognized.” This new biography unearths simply how she discovered to marry her ability for lifestyles along with her ability for writing with a purpose to create a super array of poems, prose, and letters—a exceptional frame of labor that will make her certainly one of The usa’s such a lot cherished and celebrated poets. In Love Unknown, Thomas Travisano, founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, tells the tale of the well-known poet and tourist’s lifestyles.

Bishop moved thru strange mid-20th century worlds with relationships amongst an in depth global array of literati, visible artists, musicians, students, and politicians—at the side of a worldly homosexual underground that was once then just about invisible to the dominant tradition. Drawing on recent interviews and newly came upon manuscript fabrics, Travisano illuminates that the “Artwork of dropping” that Bishop celebrated with such poignant irony in her poem, “One Artwork,” most likely her such a lot well-known, was once associated in equivalent phase to an “Artwork of finding,” that Bishop’s Artwork and lifestyles was once dedicated to any such encounters and epiphanies that so ceaselessly seem in her paintings.