Elizabeth Bishop in Key West: Birthday Count Down

Elizabeth Bishop first came to Key West in the 1930s. She lived in this nineteenth-century 
clapboard eyebrow house at 624 White Street off and on from 1938 to 1946. 
In a letter to Marianne Moore she wrote: “It is very nice here; I wish so much that 
you and your mother could come here sometime, I am so sure you would like it. 
The sea is so beautiful– all spotted and striped, from dark black-blue to what 
my aunt calls ‘lettuce’ green.”


  1. I will be spending two weeks on Key West in March-April and will make a pilgrimage to her house!

  2. Oh, I am so very envious. Please wish her a belated happy birthday for me!

  3. As promised, I took notes for you at the AWP panel! (See my blog post on Bishop's Birthday Centennial.)

  4. Thanks, Angie -- I'm headed over right now. It was lovely to see you again.

  5. I made my pilgrimage to 624 White Street! You can read about it here: http://wendycall.blogspot.com/2011/04/art-of-losing.html

  6. i lived in her home from 1989-2000. Spentmost of my adolescent years enjoying this historic conch house.


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