THE COLLECTED POEMS OF JOHN PEALE BISHOP by Allen- Ed. Tate

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF JOHN PEALE BISHOP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This report is repeated from page 78 of the 2/1/28 bulletin-as follows: ""For the first time, all or practically all, the poems of John Peale Bishop, poet and critic, are collected in one volume. One of the literary coterie, numbering Edmund Wilson, Allen Tate, Archibald MacLeish, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others, Bishop was one time editor of Vanity Fair, later an expatriate writer living in France, and in the final decade of his life, 1934-1944, in America, a prolific contributor to the avantgarde literary journals. This volume is a labor of love, selected and edited by Bishop's life-long friend. All phases of his poetry are represented, his mature poems, his juvenilia, his translations from the French and Greek classics. They vary greatly in quality, and it is somewhat difficult to assess them, for they make no coherent whole. If any quality unites them, it is a certain classical restraint, combined with a light and delicate sense of color; a few achieve wit, others maturity of feeling. Though Bishop's poetical contribution is not so great as his critical one, it is welcome to have his works in one volume.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1948
Publisher: Scribner