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Guilty Knowledge, Guilty PleasureThe Dirty Art of Poetry$
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William Logan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166867

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166867.001.0001

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Elizabeth Bishop at Summer Camp

Elizabeth Bishop at Summer Camp

(p.250) Elizabeth Bishop at Summer Camp
Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure

William Logan

Columbia University Press

This chapter begins with a brief sketch of Elizabeth Bishop's early childhood. It then describes her experiences at Camp Chequesset, where she returned every summer for five years, starting in 1924. In the summer of 1925, the camp held a poetry contest. Bishop's entry, printed that fall in the Camp Chequesset Log, is her first published poem. The chapter also provides excerpts of Bishop's letters to her friend Louise Bradley, whom she met in 1924 at South Station in Boston, where they were both waiting for the train to Chequesset. They remained loyal correspondents through Bishop's years at Vassar. The last letters were mailed in 1950, after the women had met briefly in New York while Bishop was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

Keywords:   women poets, poetry, Elizabeth Bishop, summer camp, Camp Chequesset

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