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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3180

Elizabeth Bishop poetry reading and commemorative lectures with related material


Elizabeth Bishop commemorative lectures, poetry readings, and performances during the MLA convention.


  • 1976

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 box)
Audio recordings on original audiotape, converted to audiocassettes and then CDs (all present) from MLA convention: two Sessions on Elizabeth Bishop, including a poetry reading by Bishop, commemorative lectures, and a performance of “A Mirror on Which to Dwell” (Elliott Carter). Recorded in New York City in December 1976.
Includes a poster dated [1976] December 28; and Sybil Pittman Estess's typescript account of the events held at the Americana Hotel in New York (N.Y.)(written in 2014).

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short story writer. From 1949 to 1950 she was a poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. In 1956 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1970 she was the recipient of the National Book Award, and then in 1976 Bishop was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged into five series: Commemorative lectures; Performances; Poetry readings; Poster; and Sybil Pittman Estess's typescript.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

91M-84. Gift of Sybil Estess in 1991 July.
91M-84. Gift of Sybil Estess in 2014 February.

General note

Opening Remarks / Sybil Estess – Introduction / Ashley Brown – Large, Bad Picture – Poem – In the Waiting Room – The End of March – Crusoe in England / Elizabeth Bishop – Introduction to Ivar Ivask / Sybil Estess – Discussion of the Neustadt laureateship / Ivar Ivask – Introduction to Marjorie Perloff / Sybil Estess –Elizabeth Bishop: The Course of a Particular / Marjorie Perloff – The Recent Poems of Elizabeth Bishop – The Recent Poems of Elizabeth Bishop (cont.) / Jerome Mazzaro – Introduction to William Meredith / Sybil Estess – Invitation to Miss Elizabeth Bishop / William Meredith – Introduction to Ashley Brown / Sybil Estess – Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil / Ashley Brown – Closing Remarks – Introduction to Elliott Carter / Sybil Estess – A Mirror on Which to Dwell / Elliott Carter.
General note Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: audtio tapes, audio cassettes, and CDs.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2010.
Link to catalog
Bishop, Elizabeth,1911-1979. Elizabeth Bishop poetry reading and commemorative lectures with related material, 1976 (MS Am 3180): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 May 22
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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