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Thomas Travisano, “Writing Elizabeth Bishop: A Biographer’s Journey”.

LocationLibrary, Class of '51 Reading Room

Thomas Travisano will speak about the 40-year-long journey across three continents that led to his new biography, Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop.

Travisano, Professor Emeritus at Hartwick College and President of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, will pay special attention to Bishop’s own career at Vassar. He will also focus on the importance of Bishop’s major trove of papers housed in Vassar’s Archives and Special Collections to his biographical journey.

Travisano is the founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society and the author of Elizabeth Bishop: Her Artistic Development and Midcentury Quartet: Bishop, Lowell, Jarrell, Berryman. He is principal editor of the acclaimed Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell and served as co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century and the three-volume New Anthology of American Poetry. Travisano’s work on Love Unknown was funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. He is Professor Emeritus of English at Hartwick College. 

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, November 12, 2019