"The virtues of the prose are the virtues of the poems: observation, wit, decorum, a sinuous intelligence adn above all what Randall Jarrell called her 'moral attractiveness'" (Michael Hoffman)
"Unhurried, methodical, human, she pronounces a true but merciful verdict on our precarious existence" (Craig Raine)
"[Bishop] was also a fine writer of prose...So hats off to the publishers for gathering all her writings in two separate volumes...her cosmopolitan life is reflected in the breadth of her writings, all suffused with curiosity and quiet intelligence" (Sunday Telegraph
"Taken together [with the Poems: The Centenary Edition
], these two volumes make a handsome tribute to a writer who is gradually, quietly being recognized...as one of America's greatest" (London Review of Books
A centenary edition of the prose of Elizabeth Bishop, one of the finest American poets of the twentieth century.