Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast
Writing, Literature and Publishing
Publication, Publisher or Distributor
Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt
In 1977, Megan Marshall, was part of the last “verse-writing” class at Harvard, taught by the celebrated 20th century poet, Elizabeth Bishop. After learning about a trove of letters following the death of Bishop’s close friend, Alice Methfessel, Marshall was determined to write this biography, portraying the life and career of Elizabeth Bishop. This biography highlights the struggles, tragedies, and love that influenced the poets such as her father’s death her mother’s hospitalization for mental illness, the constant shuttling between her maternal and paternal grandparents, struggles with alcoholism, and her love life. Marshall brings the reader through Bishop’s maturation as a writer, her relationships with other writers, and her many affairs. Marshall also analyzes Bishop’s poems such as “Song for the Rainy Season,” “In the Waiting Room,” and “ A Miracle for Breakfast”. This biography paints the picture of Bishop that commemorates her achievements, but does not ignore her flaws.