Bishop in Brazil

Feature

Saturday, May 22, 2004

In November 1951, the American poet Elizabeth Bishop was 40, and already one of America’s most important poets. But she was lonely, drank a lot, and was often ill from asthma. So she booked a voyage to Brazil, and there she met the love of her life and the home of her dreams. For the next sixteen years, Bishop lived in a mountaintop villa that was the setting, and subject, of some of her greatest poetry — both joyful and dark. Produced by Pamela Renner.

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Pamela Renner

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