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The Correspondence of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

May 24, 2010

In her first letter to Robert Lowell, dated May 12, 1947, Elizabeth Bishop wrote, "I was supposed to read, too, up at the YMHA Saturday evening but couldn't make it, and I hope my absence was a help rather than a hindrance." While the poets never shared an evening at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center, the recently published Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell makes clear that they shared much during their 30-year friendship. And in a dramatic presentation of their letters and some of their poems, Tony-nominated actors Kate Burton and Michael Cumpsty brought that friendship to life.

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