Rare and Commonplace Flowers

Rare and Commonplace Flowers : The Story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota De Macedo Soares

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Elizabeth Bishop, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, sought inspiratin in Brazil, where she met and fell in love with Lota de Macedo Soares, a self-trained Brazilian architect. The fact that these two women had an intimate relationship caused an uproar when it first came to public notice. This dual biography follows their relationship from 1951 to 1967, the time when the two lived together in Brazil. A tale of two artists and two cultures, ""Rare and Commonplace Flowers"" offers unusual perspectives on both women and their work. Carmen L. Oliveira provides great depth of detail from both her familiarity with Brazil and her access to the country's artistic elite, many of whom had a direct connection with Bishop and Soares. Rare pictures of the two artists and their home help to bring this story to life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • New Brunswick, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 18 b&w illustrations
  • 0813533597
  • 9780813533599
  • 268,580

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"Rare and Commonplace Flowers performs an invaluable service: unforgettably memorializing the remarkable Lota de Macedo Soares, and in the process filling in a crucial gap in Bishop's biography....This book helps put...[Bishop's] writing in useful context. It honors a deeply moving love between two brilliant women: each highly public, a celebrity in her own nation; each deeply private, and happy (for a time) in the fragile heaven of their home." "Novelist Oliveira's engaging dual biography tells of [Bishop and Soares's] 'long and sad' relationship....This book offers a new perspective on the American poet, and the love story between these two women is undeniably intense and tragic. Recommended."
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