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Manuscript Collections

The finding aid for the May Swenson Papers is available through the Washington University Special Collections library. Although Washington University holds over 300 letters between May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop, Bishop's papers are held by Vassar College. The finding aid for Bishop's papers is also available online through Vassar's Special Collections Library.


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Sound Recordings

May Swenson Readings available through the Washington University Modern Literature Audio Collection

Elizabeth Bishop readings available through the Factory School

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Books and Journal Articles

Works by May Swenson

  • Another Animal
  • A Cage of Spines
  • The Complete Love Poems, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003).
  • The Guess and Spell Coloring Book
  • Half Sun Half Sleep
  • Iconographs
  • In Other Words
  • To Mix with Time
  • More Poems to Solve
  • Nature
  • New and Selected Things Taking Place
  • Poems to Solve



Works by Elizabeth Bishop




Criticism and Commentary

  • Neil Arditi, "'In the Bodies of Words': The Swenson-Bishop Conversation" Parnassus 2002: 77-93.
  • Richard Howard, "Elizabeth Bishop-May Swenson Correspondence" Paris Review Summer 1994: 411-24
  • Carmen L. Oliveira, Rare and Commonplace Flowers: The Story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares. Translated by Neil K. Besner (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers, 2002).
  • Kirstin Hotelling Zona, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and May Swenson: the feminist poetics of self-restraint (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002).
  • Richard Howard, Alone with America: essays on the art of poetry in the United States since 1950 (New York: Antheneum, 1980).


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Links to Internet Resources


May Swenson




Elizabeth Bishop


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Wikipedia, the free online, interactive, collaborative encyclopedia

Both May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop have wikis, which can be edited by anyone who is knowledgeable about them. After viewing the digital and physical archives, you may have something you wish to contribute.

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